The three-storey atrium links the assembly hall, break room, theatre and music room. Six VELUX Modular ‘Longlights’ provide optimal daylight conditions. The diffused, cool brightness that enters the building through the Longlights contrasts with the play of light from perforated sunscreens on the façade, creating a balanced atmosphere.
This open architectural design supports an open approach to learning, with a variety of shared spaces that pupils can use independently.
Skylights as the centrepiece
Hessenwald School brings together different levels of schooling, from high, through mid, to lower secondary levels, enabling pupils to switch levels depending on their performance.
The whole school is designed to facilitate an open approach to learning; the centre and focal point for this approach is the atrium. The atrium’s cuboid structure is clearly visible from the outside as an independent body, while inside it cuts through three storeys, connecting different learning spaces.
The skylights are set back in light wells cut into the expanded metal ceiling, making them look almost like light fittings. However, the bright, natural daylight they provide turns them into a unique feature that gives the atrium its stunning appearance.