The country needs new educational institutions: many aging teaching facilities no longer meet the requirements of progressive pedagogy. Two new buildings in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart-Möhringen reveal pioneering approaches. By Ulla Hanselmann
Pupils participate in the design process: A new cafeteria in Stuttgart breaks away from boring architectural routines. This building is not true to type. It’s not one of the usual grey boxes made of concrete, it rather boasts plenty of colour. There is another reason why this cafeteria building looks different from other school canteens that are currently being built. The architects involved the pupils in the design process. They held twelve workshops to develop the colour concept. This approach is risky, but it’s part of participation, says Nils Krause.