‘One of the nicest schools in Hamburg’

Global architectural firm Behnisch Architekten have designed an impressive new build on behalf of the city of Hamburg in Lurup, comprising a school and community centre after the Scandinavian model.

Photo: David Matthiessen, Olaf Wiechers

After a good three years of construction, roughly 1000 pupils and 120 teachers moved into the accessible school building, which includes a sports and multipurpose hall. The curved new build of some 14,000 m2 is elegant, understated and welcoming, and holds 36 classrooms and specialist rooms on three floors. The balconies that run around the building and the almost entirely glazed facade present an open and transparent appearance. For the school head Joachim Hinz, the building is one of the nicest in the whole of Hamburg.

The multipurpose room, canteen, media centre and sports halls are located off the school’s central foyer on the ground floor. The first floor contains classrooms, the teachers’ wing with individual offices, rooms for school social work, a room for parent meetings, a first-aid room as well as a lounge for teaching staff and a library.

Inclusive design

Previously the school was spread over three campuses. The fact that all year groups are now under the one roof is a perfect realisation of the school’s inclusive design. Multi-professional teams of specialist and special education teachers support the children and young people individually according to their educational needs, help them to obtain their school leaving certificates and also promote social learning.

Community School for better opportunities

The new build is also home to the so-called Community School (LURUM), which aims to improve the future prospects and educational opportunities of the young people of Lurup and their families beyond school. After the Scandinavian model, the new community centre combines educational and extracurricular facilities for all generations. The 350 m2 building houses a district café, two multifunctional seminar rooms and several offices. The Community School has its own entrance, but can also be accessed from the main school.

Impressive interior design

This inclusive, open and innovative approach is also evident inside the new build. Natural light abounds in the large foyer thanks to the glass facade and a skylight. The broad steps and curved corridors create a cheery, relaxed feel. The corridors between the specialist rooms are divided up and equipped with special seating in such a way that they can also be used by study groups if necessary. Attractive colour accents in deep red and yellow hues provide a vibrant contrast to the light floors and acoustic ceilings from Troldtekt.