Studio Ecology, Sustainability & Conservation
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
academic; 2012 (BArch)
with: Avin Fathulla & Ömer Pekin
Professor: Hosoya, Hiromi, Univ.-Prof. MArch BA. Assistant: Lehn, Antje, Dipl.-Ing.
UPNDOWN is an extension to a19th century school building in Vienna, associated with the topic of nesting in architecture and sustainable wood construction.
The extension is located on the border of the pri- mary school and the kindergarten. The reasons for this are that both buildings stand on the same lot, and there is no border other than an administra- tive one. Secondly, the children from the primary school are forced to go out to the street for after day care in the kindergarten.
Therefore we used the bridge and the weaving as a way to break the border and to connect these two institutions. Placing the extension near to the parking space also gives the opportunity access it easily from the street and therefore enabling the school to rent it to have an additional income. The connection and view towards the garden is also left free and extended in comparison to the existing situation with the current extension. In order to fulfil the requirements that the school has given us, we have taken out all community spaces out of the school and added 4 classrooms into the existing school. By doing so we wanted to create a fair situation for all the pupils.
The changing rooms are on the lowest level un- der the ground. Avoiding having dark spaces that would be disliked by children, we have introduced daylight source from the eating area and the gym.