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Assertive Gestures: New Wing for the Gymnasium Augustinianum in Greven

Assertive Gestures: New Wing for the Gymnasium Augustinianum in Greven

On the grounds of the Gymnasium Augustinianum in Greven, located in the northern Münsterland, Bez+Kock Architekten have added the science wing to the school ensemble, set between the gym to the west and the main building. Bound to the east by Lindenstrasse, which leads to the school, the rectangular building is entered from the north.

The look of the two-storey science complex goes with the brick façades of the existing buildings. All views of the wing are clad in local waterstruck brick, giving the new structure a fluid, brown-grey hue. In several places, Bez+Kock Architekten have broken up the compact shell with horizontal, strip-like elements - to the south as a roof overhang, on the north side as an attic and a canopy. The latter shelters the entranceway, which is oriented towards the northern schoolyard and marked with ceiling-high glazing. The well-considered openings are filled with sleek, wood-aluminum windows with sunshades made of folded perforated metal sheeting and dark-green fabric.

Inside, the natural-science wing of the Augustinianum looks quite diverse. With an inner courtyard and various skylights, combined with light-coloured surfaces, Bez+Kock Architekten have created an airy, yet functional atmosphere. The subjects are divided according to building level: physics on the ground floor, chemistry upstairs. The foyer was conceived as an exhibition area as well and is flanked by the stairways positioned on the transverse sides of the building. While this area sees the most traffic, another central stairway that leads directly to the meeting rooms is reserved for teaching staff.

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