German School

Madrid. Spain

The project is located in the Urban Action Program of Montecarmelo, north of the capital city of Madrid, and has an approximate surface of 34,700 m2. The spatial program, with clearly defined and divided zones, and optimised with the requirements of a modern and pedagogical architecture, creates a primary and secondary school with capacity for 1,500 students with an assembly hall with capacity for 750 people, gym-sports centre, underground car park, and a nursery school for 300 children. All of it represents a total constructed surface of 27,063 m2.

The proposed solution has been appreciated for its organic shape and its spatial richness, as well as for its functionality and adaptation to the climate conditions.

Each of the buildings spans over each of the playgrounds which reinterpret in a contemporary manner the condensed atmosphere of an inner courtyard. At the same time, they develop spatial differentiated situations from the combination of the programme requirements with the topographic location of the terrain. The fusion of the parts of the buildings resembles an organic structure of great plastic presence which seems to have grown in situ.

The building incorporates first generation technologies and building systems, in some cases never used in construction in Spain before.

Technically, the German School is a pioneer building in Madrid. Its design has been adapted to the meteorological conditions of the Spanish capital in order to optimise its performance in terms of energy efficiency. A thermic underground labyrinth is responsible for controlling the air temperature which will later air the building. The outstanding exploitation of renewable energies bestowed the project with the “Architecture and Energy” prize in July 2011 by the German Federal Ministry of Economy.


Federal Republic of Germany


Gr√ľntuch Ernst