Germany, Schwerin 

Labor Office Training Center of the Fed. Rep. of Germany


Competition 1st Prize
Design 1993 Meinhard von Gerkan with Walter Gebhardt
Design 1996 Meinhard von Gerkan, Project team: Philipp Kamps
Project partner Klaus Staratzke
Project leader Walter Gebhardt
Project team Eva Wtorczyk, Stefanie Driessen,
Carsten Plog, Kerstin Steinfatt, Thomas Grotzeck
Architects on site Wolf-Ulrich Berthier, Christian Kleiner
Technical building equipment Flienert und Runge, Eckernförde
Structural engineering Assmann GmbH, Hamburg
Landscape Architects WES, Hamburg
Construction period 1998-2000
Client Bundesanstalt für Arbeit, Nürnberg
Gross floor area 19,000 m², davon 9,702 m² School
Volume 38,000 m³ (School)
Volume 66,000 m³ (Total)
Boarding School 300 rooms



Gerhard Aumer

Klaus Frahm

The study of the newly set up field "labour administration" lasts all in all 18 months. During the basic course the students are present for 6 months; the remaining parts of the study are planned in sections of 3-4 months each. From mid-July to early September courses are suspended.

The new building of this college branch is divided into three areas:
- teaching and administration
- boarding school
- leisure.

The given landscape with its beautiful views, the hilly topography, but an unambiguously structured urban planning situation suggests the definition of a clear, independent spatial situation for the college. The design therefore creates a park-like, large square with the allocation of the building masses, which all parts of the complex refer to.

The residential and leisure areas are accommodated in detached linear buildings; all remaining parts of the programme are located in the horseshoe-shaped main building. The differentiated division of the buildings, their moderate height as well as the standardized typology of inclined roofs, corresponds to the scale of the location and surrounding.

The suspension of accessible horizontal shading devices divides the strict and simple building configuration, thereby differentiating the spatial quality as well as the façade design.

Through subsequently listed means the building is a role model in ecologically sound construction necessary for a college: extensive use of the building material wood, the reduction of energy consumption with a large storage mass, constructive sun protection via roof overhangs and external shading devices, a minimization of mechanical ventilation in favour of natural ventilation as well as open dewatering for the retention of surface and backwater.