Uli Mayer · Urs Hüssy Architekten: Kindergarten and double gymnasium, Mauren - best architects 24

Uli Mayer · Urs Hüssy Architekten

Kindergarten and double gymnasium, Mauren

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education buildings


Mauren, Liechtenstein




Roland Korner


The new kindergarten and gymnasium building is situated in the extension of the existing school on the upper, north-eastern edge of the school grounds. The elongated new building is inserted into the setting in such a way that a new generous outdoor space with a central school square is created between the existing school, the new building and the Rössle cultural centre. The entrance to the gymnasium and the passage to Kaplaneigasse are located on the new square. The kindergarten above connects to the top floor of the primary school; in the basement, the cloakrooms of the new gymnasium are connected to the entrance floor of the primary school. The entrance leads to the staircase connecting all three floors. Daylight reaches the basement through large round skylights. The interior of the building is sparsely finished, with exposed concrete displaying a vertical formwork pattern combined with acoustically effective Heraklith panelling and painted carpentry. A neutral terrazzo floor in the corridor and dark-red rubber flooring in the classrooms that is warm underfoot complete the interior materialisation. The subtle colour scheme is contrasted by the yellow handrails that run through the building. The new kindergarten and gymnasium building is clad with vertical, slightly undulating, dark blue ceramic tiles, while sunshade elements made of prefabricated concrete lend the façade an appealing rhythm. The building is Minergie A certified.