The new cafeteria of the district vocational school center in Schwaebisch Gmuend sets an example for a sustainable, efficient and economic construction. The integral design process provided ideal conditions to already take a decisive influence on the building design in the competition phase and develop the best solutions attuned to the project. The energy and climate concept is so to speak "custom tailored" to the requirements and the location of the property.
In this project, the climate concept is specially designed for the needs of a cafeteria and uses the lower temperatures at night for cooling using natural ventilation called night time air flushing. The building design has been optimized to take advantage of natural light while minimizing solar gains in summer. Lighting dormers oriented to the North-East and North-West as well as the transparent north facade provide excellent natural lighting for the cafeteria.
Fresh air is provided by specially developed elements integrated into the exterior façade. They allow comfortable air supply in a natural way even in winter. Each element consists of a box through which fresh air flows through ventilation flaps, an air deflector and a radiator prior to being distributed into the cafeteria. Thus drafts and cold air entry are effectively reduced.
2018 ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture
2019 German Design Award: Special Mention