The result: award-winning architecture and happy kids
Even when it is overcast outside the VELUX Modular Skylights provide plenty of even, diffuse natural light. Daylight is not just about aesthetics either. Today, children spend up to 90% of their time indoors, and studies have shown that optimal daylight and ventilation conditions indoors can boost children’s learning abilities by up to 15%.
The school meets passive house standards and the skylights form an integral part of the building’s overall energy performance. The VELUX Modular Skylights create solar gain in the winter, warming the air in the atrium, and subsequently the pavilions. In the summer, meanwhile, some of the skylight modules can be opened to allow warm, stale air to escape and cool, fresh air to enter.
Completed in 2016, the school has received a host of architectural awards, including the “Fritz-Höger-Preis für Backsteinarchitektur” (prize for excellence in brick architecture), the Hesse Chamber of Architecture Award and the Architizer Award. What is special about the concept is the architecturally modern yet extremely sensitive approach to the needs of the students. With Hessenwaldschule, wulf Architekten have managed to demonstrate that the requirements of progressive forms of learning can be combined with the demands of cutting-edge modern architecture. The resulting school complex is outstanding, and the entire school community of students, parents and teachers are hugely positive and excited about their new school.