Pädagogische Hochschule Salzburg
The University of Education in Salzburg offers professional degrees for future teachers and educators as well as continuing educational programs for working professionals. The competition calls for a proposal to renovate existing infrastructure and to provide two new buildings. The two buildings occupy adjacent sites and are set roughly 100 meters apart from each other. The larger of the two buildings plugs into the existing university complex, a row of large cubic volumes surrounded by athletic fields. The smaller building faces the fields on one side and holds the edge of a quiet residential street on the other, thus having to negotiate two different urban scales at once. Because of its scale and relationship to neighboring houses, the smaller of the two new buildings will house a functioning elementary school that is used to train university students. The seminar rooms, lecture halls, studios, offices, and catering facilities of the university are concentrated in the large building and the renovated building fabric. The kink in the large building's mass occurs at a point where the landscape migrates into the structure and creates a series of observation loggias that face Salzburg's medieval castle. The small building is organized around an atrium with generous ramps that connect the classrooms to the open spaces. The ramps continue to the roof providing an additional landscape deck. Around the facade, floor to ceiling panels are oriented to direct views to the city castle and the surrounding fields.