Düsseldorf’s Heinrich-Hertz-community college is a technical college focusing on chemical sciences. The existing building was extended by a new-built, which offered the chance to redesign the outdoor area of the entire school.
The new schoolyard connects the existing and newly constructed building with the neighbouring Franz-Jürgens-community college forming one large complex of education. Hinting at the school’s name giver Heinrich Hertz an overlarge graph on the asphalt is showing the Hertzian dipole – electromagnetic waves for signal transmission – covering the entire schoolyard.
The existing trees are framed by leaf-shaped fencing, which widens up to seating areas, tribunes and benches. The seating pads are made of plenera – a material made of natural ingredients, mainly rice husks, a side product of the agriculture industry, quickly re-growing and natural. The space can not only function as a yard and general communication area but it can also serve as an outdoor teaching space – a green classroom.
The school commons are completed by planting beds, the teacher’s parking lot which is embedded into a sculptured lawn and the access to a neighbouring tram station.
Landscape Architecture: Foerder
Project Location: Redinghovenstraße 16, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Year Built: 2017 – 2018
Manufacturer of urban equipment: LiF Freiraumobjekte e.K.
Photos: LiF Freiraumobjekte e.K.
The Google Streetview below may show the site before the construction of the project.