Elementary school Christian Bucher Gasse - Assembly of the projecting components - Woschitz Group

Elementary school Christian Bucher Gasse – Assembly of the projecting components

Elementary school Christian Bucher Gasse – Assembly of the projecting components

Competition 2014

The elementary school Christian Bucher Gasse in 1210 Vienna went from a competition of the city of Vienna (Municipal Department 19, architecture and urban design) in 2014, won by Architecture Dietrich | Untertrifaller and Schluder Architects, forth. The building, which dates back to the 1950s, will be redeveloped and extended by five additional classrooms, a gymnasium, a gym, and a cafeteria, increasing the number of students to 425 children and the usable area to approximately 6.000m². This will also create the infrastructure for school day care.

Architectural concept

The existing building is united by the architectural concept with the new buildings to a functional school complex with a large, protected courtyard. In continuous school operation, the construction works in three phases, with the completion is targeted for the end of 2018. The general contractor is the company Porr Bau GmbH Vienna.

Construction in timber construction

The new building will be one of the first of several school buildings in Vienna, mainly built in timber construction. The walls as well as the roof and ceiling elements were manufactured in cross laminated timber construction. The façade is designed with horizontally and vertically laid spruce lamellas and wide window bands. Generous glazing on the ground floor should bring daylight into the interior and make the compact structure appear transparent and light. The flat roof is planted. It reduces heat radiation and creates a pleasant microclimate. To the east, the gymnastics hall protrudes over the forecourt and covers the entrance.

From Monday the 22.01.2018 the assembly of the approximately 6m cantilevered component of the gymnasium was carried over the laminated timber walls hanged back.

RWTplus, a member of the WOSCHITZ GROUP, is responsible for the structural design of the timber construction and for the building physics.

Photos © RWTplus