BSEVocational School Embelgasse

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  • Location:Vienna (AT)
  • GBA:5.820 m²
  • Year:2015-02
  • PS:AT 1–5, 7

BSE – Vocational School for Administration

A Citizen-Friendly School of Administration

Transparent administration! The architecture of the vocational school for public administrators in Embelgasse in Vienna’s 5th district demonstrates one thing above all: approachability, openness, transparence. The new school’s only spatial boundary are the adjacent buildings—the so-called block perimeter. Large glazed areas on the ground floor provide extensive views inside and out: into everyday school life as well as into the green schoolyard (and vice versa). The foyer brings light, airs, and the green of the schoolyard garden into the building. This generous two-story entrance area also is from where students get to their classrooms, which can be looked into from the circulation areas. Students and teachers also use a sunny terrace on the second upper floor as a complement of the green inner courtyard—an outdoor space is thus close and accessible at any time. Like compartments in a typecase, the other floors are fit into the system of openness, which makes school activities visible from the outside, putting on display the theme, omnipresent here, of the symbiotic interaction of public administration and the public: lived transparence—all around and through and through!

Client: Vienna City
Project Stages: 1–5, 7
Competition: 02.2011 – 1st Prize
Completion: 02.2015
GBA: 5.820 m²

Planning: AllesWirdGut
Team: Alexander Mayer, Atsushi Kaneko, Christian Zotz, Guilherme Silva da Rosa, Isabel Espinoza Tratter, Johannes Windbichler, Johann Wittenberger, Martin Brandt, Ondrej Stehlik, Peter Czimadi

Fire Protection: Röhrer Bauphysik
Structural engineering: iC-consulenten
Structural physics: Clemens Häusler

Photographs: © AllesWirdGut / Guilherme Silva Da Rosa