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
The Sapper School forms the centre of the overall urban complex, which also includes an elongated, urban park, residential blocks as well as administration and commercial buildings, all accessible via a ring road. The single functions are positioned according to their requirements regarding noise protection, whereas the already existing welfare and service buildings are integrated into the new, three-storeyed building structure.
The central school buildings are grouped around a courtyard with a differentiated layout, which generates an identity and offers intimacy alike, thereby enhancing a concentrated learning process and community. The single buildings, which are interlinked with continuous colonnades on the courtyard side, form clearly perceptible units towards the outside, which partially define individual functional areas. The colonnades emphasize the central significance of the campus and generate a rhythm for the façades, which open up towards the courtyard. The residential blocks are arranged around two courtyards and orientated towards the calm landscape stripe.
The architectural expression is modest and unpretentious: Dyed precast concrete elements are planned for the main buildings. The interplay of open and solid surfaces as well as partially fixed, partially sliding shading devices animates the otherwise calm and clear design.