Entrance Geschwister-Scholl-Gesamtschule

exterior view Geschwister-Scholl-Gesamtschule nach der Sanierung

exterior view Geschwister-Scholl-Gesamtschule

Side view with a view of the schoolyard

North view of the school building

North view of the school building

North view of the school building

Side entrance

Geschwister-Scholl-Gesamtschule Lünen


Holtgrevenstr. 2-6, 44532 Lünen

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1956-61 / 2009-13 (Sanierung)


Profs. Spital-Frenking + Schwarz Architekten und Stadtplaner BDA
Bernhard Hans Henry Scharoun
(original building)

Wüstenrot Stiftung
Stadt Lünen
(original building, redevelopment)

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Geschwister-Scholl-Gesamtschule Lünen

Plans for the Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasiums in Lünen (a grammar school, now a comprehensive) were developed at about the same time as those for Scharoun’s best known building, viz., Berliner Philharmonie.

Based upon the architectural-philosophical approach to put people, the users of buildings, at the forefront, the building finished in 1962 is not a barracks-like teaching institution but a multi-layered building.

“Organic building” (Scharoun), with its shapes drawing on nature, is supposed to promote the students’ independence and individuality.
Terraces and balconies in front of the classrooms and the many windows make nature part of the building.

The building as an organic whole can only be perceived when seen from many vantage points and through the interplay of inside and outside.
Terms used by Scharoun, e.g. “schoolhood” (a play on “neighbourhood”) and “class apartments” highlight the educational backdrop to the plans for this building.
The ensemble of buildings has been listed since 1985.

Schulbaupreis Nordrhein-Westfalen 2013 (Ministerium für Schule und Weiterbildung des Landes NRW / AKNW)
Auszeichnung guter Bauten 2014 (BDA Dortmund-Hamm-Unna), Auszeichnung
Architekturpreis NRW 2015 (BDA NRW), Auszeichnung

Author: Editorial baukunst-nrw
Last changed on 13.01.2020


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