Wolbeck primary school, Münster
Clinker brick Farsund HS (hand-finished)
1.400 m2 Clinker brick-covered surface
Compact structure with a monolithic appearance
Münster Wolbeck is particularly popular with young families because of its central location on the outskirts of town but with adjacent green areas, and a plentiful number of schools and kindergartens. And this is precisely the area in which Münster has now upgraded. In the immediate proximity of a likewise newly built day care centre, the new two-phase primary school, based on a design by Lindner Lohse Architects BDA, represents a new centre of the town. The light hand-finished clinker brick of the Hagemeister sorting “Farsund HS” in a long module format gives the clearly structured façade a calm appearance.
The property is divided stripe-like into four functional areas: A forecourt with parking spaces for bikes and cars with a kiss & drop zone; the school building with the terrace to the south; a playground with the old trees and the sports area with a gym, as well as a playing field and running track. The areas are connected by an access route running in a transverse direction. The floor plan is clearly and functionally organised as a triad. A central element is a connecting staircase. As a gallery, and together with the forum and the music room, it represents a multifunctional space.
For the façade, the architects opted for a brick from the Hagemeister clinker brick factory in Nottuln. “Farsund HS” is a greyish-white sorting with almost bluish patches, nuanced with pronounced coal fire markings and a surface texture that looks hand-finished. “Münsterland is clinker brick land. We like the regional connection”, says project architect Frank Lohse from the executive office, adding: “Thanks to the choice of this brick, the school stands out as a special building among the mostly ‘red’ buildings. The façade design is true to the motto “form follows function” and makes the functions readable.” The calm, clearly-structured façade with the light, elongated module format clinker bricks and the wood & aluminium windows in the block system, complemented by the coloured fibre cement panels, lend it an inviting appearance. “Together with the colour of the pointing, the result is that the compact structure has a beautiful monolithic appearance. The relationship between the open and closed parts of the façade is easy to read,” says the project architect. The cut-in entrance area, which was achieved by using protruding clinker bricks, contrasts with the rather strict façade design.
The architects left the materials in their natural colour. The interior is characterised by exposed concrete surfaces, oak wood and the white of the ceilings. A few restrained colour accents are set in the façade here in the form of panel sections.
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