30. elementary school Dresden Comprehensive refurbishment of the school site including the outdoor facilities

View from the existing trees to the newly designed schoolyard. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

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Rush to the climbing island for the ceremonial opening. © 2016 Barbara Kroll

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Climbing island in the schoolyard. The wooden platforms protect the root areas of the trees. © 2017 Barbara Kroll

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2020 completed water-sand-playground - still bare, without awnings and pollard willow sprouts... and without children! © 2020 Barbara Kroll

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Water-sand play area completed in 2020 © 2020 Barbara Kroll

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Immediately in heavy use: The water-sand play area invites you to build and experiment. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

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Water-sand play area in 1st year of use. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

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4 m high slope slide with lateral ascents © 2019 Barbara Kroll

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Flower meadow in the 2nd standing year on the play hill from lime gravel © 2019 Barbara Kroll

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Seating steps integrated into the hill as a green classroom. © 2019 Barbara Kroll

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Wildflower play mound at the end of May in the 3rd year of standing. The care of the plants was limited to an annual pruning of the withered perennials in winter. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

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Wildflower play mound in late May in 3rd year of standing with log stairs for ascent. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

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A few wildflowers hold their own between the climbing Mikado, despite many children's feet. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

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Raised bed in March 2021 after the long winter - first tentative spring bloomers coming. © 2021 Barbara Kroll

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Gabion raised beds in the schoolyard: The filling material used was cobblestones and gravel from the removal of the old surface coverings, as well as sandstones from the rubble unearthed during the construction work. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

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The globe leek blooms at the end of May. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

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A good place for lunch: Raised beds with tea and aromatic herbs, fragrant plants and strawberries. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

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Close-up: View of one of the herb beds. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

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Seeding of flower meadows between shrubs. At the end of May in the 1st year after autumn sowing the corn poppy dominates the picture. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

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Overall concept LP2 © Barbara Kroll

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View from the existing trees to the newly designed schoolyard. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

Rush to the climbing island for the ceremonial opening. © 2016 Barbara Kroll

Climbing island in the schoolyard. The wooden platforms protect the root areas of the trees. © 2017 Barbara Kroll

2020 completed water-sand-playground - still bare, without awnings and pollard willow sprouts... and without children! © 2020 Barbara Kroll

Water-sand play area completed in 2020 © 2020 Barbara Kroll

Immediately in heavy use: The water-sand play area invites you to build and experiment. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

Water-sand play area in 1st year of use. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

4 m high slope slide with lateral ascents © 2019 Barbara Kroll

Flower meadow in the 2nd standing year on the play hill from lime gravel © 2019 Barbara Kroll

Seating steps integrated into the hill as a green classroom. © 2019 Barbara Kroll

Wildflower play mound at the end of May in the 3rd year of standing. The care of the plants was limited to an annual pruning of the withered perennials in winter. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

Wildflower play mound in late May in 3rd year of standing with log stairs for ascent. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

A few wildflowers hold their own between the climbing Mikado, despite many children's feet. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

Raised bed in March 2021 after the long winter - first tentative spring bloomers coming. © 2021 Barbara Kroll

Gabion raised beds in the schoolyard: The filling material used was cobblestones and gravel from the removal of the old surface coverings, as well as sandstones from the rubble unearthed during the construction work. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

The globe leek blooms at the end of May. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

A good place for lunch: Raised beds with tea and aromatic herbs, fragrant plants and strawberries. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

Close-up: View of one of the herb beds. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

Seeding of flower meadows between shrubs. At the end of May in the 1st year after autumn sowing the corn poppy dominates the picture. © 2021 Sabine Siegemund

Overall concept LP2 © Barbara Kroll

In addition to the comprehensive renovation of the buildings, the open spaces are being redesigned in sections. The sealed areas will be greatly reduced and the quality of stay increased by shading the heavily overheated areas with extensive new plantings. One focus is the creation of challenging play and exercise opportunities for the nearly 450 children, such as the creation of a climbing island in the schoolyard and a play hill made from excavated material from the replacement of a wing of the building.

Much of the school grounds at 30th Elementary School were sealed and level (asphalt schoolyard and large soccer field). These areas were barely usable in the summer due to the sun's rays, heavy heat storage and reradiation. In particular, there was a lack of play and retreat areas in the shade.
The grounds offered students too few opportunities for challenging, differentiated motor activities. The existing play areas and equipment were inadequate for the large number of children and resulted in weaker students being displaced to less attractive spaces. Mixed use of areas for quiet play and movement play areas caused further conflict between students.

A concept for the school grounds originally developed for the school's booster club was revised after an architectural competition was held for the school's renovation and adapted to the new building conditions.
In 2016, the construction of a climbing and balancing course in the schoolyard was carried out under our guidance as an early measure with the help of the Friends of the School.

The rest of the site has been redesigned since 2017 in several construction phases, since due to the parallel renovation or demolition and construction of a new building part of the entire four-form school and the after-school care were housed in two container buildings on the site and thus for the outdoor facilities only in sections construction freedom prevailed.
In the first construction phase, the excavated soil for the newly constructed part of the building was used to build a 4.50 m high play mound, the surface of which is paved with lime gravel and sown with species-rich, native flower meadow mixtures. The flower meadows contribute significantly to the natural enhancement of the site and provide food for a variety of insects. At the same time, the hill is used intensively for playing; several challenging climbing possibilities made of robinia wood and sandstone lead to the top and a slope slide leads back down.
Sandstone seating steps are also integrated into the slope, which are used as a green classroom and for school parties.

In the second construction phase, the path areas around the new part of the building as well as the temporary open spaces for the container buildings were constructed.

The third construction phase was implemented in 2020 and included the redesign of the schoolyard with raised beds made of gabions filled with recycled material, various play areas, the restoration of all areas after the dismantling of the containers and the new construction of the basic framework for the school garden, which is to move to the new location after the replacement new construction of the gymnasium with outdoor sports facilities, which has not yet been implemented. Extensive planting measures with trees and hedges as well as further flower meadow sowings increase the biodiversity and bring shaded areas into the grounds.

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Planning offices

Kroll, Dipl.-Ing., Barbara
Bobritzsch-Hilbersdorf

Employees
Unterstützung durch freie Mitarbeit von folgenden Planern:
Dipl.-Ing. Angela Schüler und Dipl-Ing. Peggy Thiel (Ausführungsplanung und Leistungsbeschreibung für Flächen rund um den Ersatzneubau)
Dipl.-Ing. Sabine Siegemund (Ausführungsplanung Schulhof und Schulgarten)
M.Sc. Björn Scheffler (Pflanzplanung Hochbeete Schulhof)

Project period
2015 - 2020

Client
Landeshauptstadt Dresden, Schulverwaltungsamt/ Amt für Hochbau und Immobilienverwaltung

Address

01097 Dresden
Deutschland

Project type
Playgrounds, e.g. at childcare centers and schools
Public participation / moderation