Enough space for more than 1,000 musicians
The school, which has three above-ground and two subterranean levels, offers space for 850 students, 220 teachers and up to 600 event visitors. Underground, we find storage and technical rooms, the garage and a few practice rooms. The biggest spatial volumes are located on the ground floor: a large concert hall, a hall for organ and chamber music as well as studios for dance and sound respectively. The east end of the ground floor accommodates then teaching and lecture rooms. Administration offices and about 100 smaller teaching and practice rooms are found on both upper storeys.
The high atrium links the various levels; wide corridors – some connected by airy spaces themselves – extend from here throughout the entire school. On the ground floor of the atrium, a restaurant has opened which is open to visitors as well as students and teachers. In the summer months, diners can sit outside in the garden.
When it comes to sustainability, the clients and architects had certain ambitions. Right from the competition phase, it was required that the new building should meet Austrian passive-energy standards, which means a heating demand of 10 KW/m²a according to the country’s energy certification regulations. The school, which features triple glazing and 30 cm of insulation in both façades and roof, meets these requirements easily. Furthermore, a 200-m² photovoltaic system with a capacity of 30 kWp has been installed and will supply about 30,000 kWh of electricity every year. To heat water, a solar thermal system measuring 20 m² was put into trial operation in February 2015.