GARP Training Centre is a training and further education facility for careers in metalworking. The building lies in an attractive, scenic location on the edge of the German town of Nürtingen. A single-storey, free-standing structure extends the existing educational campus (which includes a Rudolf Steiner Waldorf school and the Hölderlin Grammar School). These new developments have strong formal ties with the topographical context.
The typology of a flat pavilion building with an incised atrium ensures a high level of spatial quality. The new school building includes a series of seminar rooms, open learning areas and a metal training workshop.
Transparency as an Architectural Principle
Open lines of sight between the theoretical and practical areas of the building determine the architectural principle. The metal-glass facade consistently continues this by making activities inside the building visible from the outside.
The square structure of the building with a side length of approx. 46 x 46 m, is arranged around a central, landscaped inner courtyard. The construction of the training centre consists of a single-storey steel skeleton with an angular, ribbed profile facade made of perforated sheeting. It creates a constant interplay between transparency and opacity. Despite the relatively small area of the facade (approx. 1,200 m²), a great deal of attention was paid to detail in its design.
Riehle + Assoziierte GmbH + Co. KG, Stuttgart/Germany
2017 – 2018
2018 – 2021
Services by Werner Sobek
- Heating, ventilation and sanitation planning
- Facade engineering (WP 1.2 – 2.4 acc. to AHO 28)
GARP Training Centre, Plochingen/Germany
Roland Halbe, Stuttgart/Germany
For the architects of Riehle + Assoziierte, it was obvious to build a further education building for metal and electrical professions primarily from aluminium and steel. Moreover, the building can be dismantled and recycled without leaving any residues at the end of its service life. In an article worth reading for the magazine "md" (published in July 2022), Thomas Geuder (Der Raumjournalist) describes which design criteria were decisive for the architects in the project and what role the surrounding landscape played in it. We thank Konradin-Verlag for their kind permission to make the article available here. ... more