Germany, Ingolstadt 

Armed Forces Engineers School

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Competition 2002 – 1st Prize
Design
Meinhard von Gerkan and Joachim Zais
Partner
Jürgen Hillmer
Project leader
Kai Ritzke
Project manager
Christian Kleiner
Team competition (2002)
Matias Otto, Heiko Thiess, Jörn Herrmann, Udo Meyer, Janis Guida
Team 2nd design/Realization
Susi Winter, Dominik Reh, Jan Blasko, Mike Berrier, Radmilla Blagovcanin, Julia Bouchain, Timo Heise, Matthias Holtschmidt, Klaus Hoyer, Alexander Lellig, Nicole Loeffler, Maren Lucht, Elena Melnikova, Rouven Oberdiek, Simon Ranzenberger, Vita Römer, Helga Schlanze-Hünerbein, Dirk Tietgen, Malte Wolf, Gabi Wysocki
Structural engineering
Sailer, Stepan und Partner GmbH
Techn. building equipment
Frey Donabauer Wich, Gaimersheim; Ottitsch, Munich; Reimer, Minden
Landscape architecture
Peter Kluska, Munich
Client
Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Federal Building Office of Ingolstadt
Gross floor area
87,000 m²
Volume
222,000 m³
Construction period
2006–2009 

 

Photographers:

Horst Schalles

Juergen Schmidt

jürgen_schmidt_fotografie@gmx.de

In addition to the Armed Forces Engineers School and School for Construction Technology, the approx. 27 hectare site accommodates the ENTEC multinational training establishment, Gebirgspionierbataillon 8 (Mountain Engineers Battalion 8), the Ingolstadt Medical Corps and the Ingolstadt Federal Armed Forces Service Centre.

The centre of the complex is formed by the main axis, which gives the development its identity. An artificial water course symbolising the work of the engineers leads from the teaching and training area (Engineers School) to that of the "combatant forces" (Gebirgspionierbataillon). The end points of the central axis - which is in the form of an avenue lined by plane trees - are formed by the lecture hall building to the west and the large, basic training terrain with the sports hall complex to the east. The architectural language is restrained and unpretentious; the two main buildings are clad with a plainly structured facade consisting of anthracite-coloured fibre cement panels.

The lecture hall building is equipped for special functions. With its assembly area in the glazed entrance hall, it provides a multi-functional space for special events. The two flanking lecture hall wings enclose the external area to form two courtyards enclosed on three sides, thus forming an appropriate entrance situation.

The architectural statement of the other new buildings – such as the training centre, the central armoury and the guard-house – is also determined by their geometry and structure. They all share a cube shape and have flat roofs. They are dominated by light-coloured rendered facades with windows in the form of horizontal fenestration bands, similar to the fully externally overhauled existing buildings dating from the 1950s and 1960s.