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The new column-free addition facilitates both spatial and functional merging of the two existing schools and attempts to create a flexible space that could be used for different activities. The addition has a neutral approach to the visual identity of the future “campus,” and remains simple so it can become part of both structures. The straightforward design and unimposing form give the design a welcoming character. The new structure will connect the second floor of the former secondary school to the first floor of the former upper secondary¬†school and extend into the interiors through a new network of paths.

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Besides the lightweight bridge structure, the architects inserted a central school square adjacent to the existing stairway located between the two schools. Called the Bertha-von-Suttner Square, this space is meant to house a kiosk, seating areas, new lighting and other content that supports socialization and recreation.

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