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Peter Stiller, Ennepetal


Stadt Ennepetal


Ennepetal, Germany

Having had an extension of 2000 m2 floor space added to its existing layout, Ennepetal’s Reichenbach Gymnasium high school can now offer not only enhanced all-day education but also a whole new range of facilities and services. In architectural terms, too, the project has been a resounding success, with a stylish interchange of solid and glazed elements creating fascinating visual aspects. The individual building components are a reflection of one another, their position creating an attractively framed external area suitable for a wide range of activities.

An atmosphere conducive to the educational process
The design brief was to create a pleasant learning ambience. Its interpretation resulted in a high degree of façade transparency, engendering a light, bright and friendly interior atmosphere – not only in the new classrooms and workshops but also in the self-learning centre and the canteen that are also located in the new extension.

dormakaba’s contribution to the project
More freedom of movement – with dormakaba. The architectural concept offers maximum user convenience with smooth pedestrian flows. The interfaces between the old and the new buildings are stepless and barrier-free, while premium access solutions from dormakaba – such as automatic sliding wall systems, door closer systems and floor springs – ensure easy entry and exit to and from all the school’s facilities. At the same time, elegant lever handles from the company’s Premium and Pure door furniture ranges discreetly enhance the overall appearance of the school.