Program: Interior design & rehabilitation of a middle school
Location: Rheda Wiedenbrück, Germany
Architect: Joshua Florquin Architecture
Client: City of Rheda Wiedenbrück
Date: June 2016
Restricted compettion, 2nd place
A school takes part in preparing young adults to form themselves and grow their skills and personality. That is why we consider the interior design of the Rheda Wiedenbrueck comprehensive school a social project. This basic principle is a central starting point for our concept design and architectural approach. By studying personality and behaviour of growing adolescents we developed architectural design decisions that influence the students state of mind in a positive way. Young adults are in full development and do not interact and process information in the same way. Personalities can be introvert, extrovert or in between. Some individuals prefer interaction, others solitary learning in order to process. We believe this difference in character needs to be mirrored into the interior design.
We implemented in our contemporary pragmatic and functional design, archetype Greek and roman elements such as the agora, amphitheatre, patio and niche. They are the architectural foundation of ratio-spaces.
In the agora as well as in the forum, the temples, political buildings, markets coexist together simultaneously in the same place. They stimulate the development and strengthening of an interconnected society where different generations can exchange their ideas and views. Our intervention follows a similar approach.
Users, teachers, students with a wide range of ages meet together for different reasons in a place to find out later that it can be experienced and used for other purposes. This can stimulate their creativity and receptiveness making them feel completely involved.
For example: in ancient Greece you could have gone to the temple to pray and later you could have been caught in the middle of a political debate by accident. Merging architectural spaces and functions in heterogeneous ways encourage a diversification of students’ activities and interests.
As in the market example: buzzing, noises, colours, the smell of products evoke a perceptive experience, thus every piece of architecture of our proposal expresses its functions through its appearance that can be easily identified, leading the students to a sensory experience. Themselves, attracted by the colourful and eclectic aspect, hear, see, understand, get interested and grow up.