Gesamtschule Wasseramselweg

aiming for DGNB Platinum

About this project

A new comprehensive school is being built in Cologne-Vogelsang. The six-form entry comprehensive school Wasseramselweg is a joint project of the Cologne-based construction company Friedrich-Wassermann GmbH & Co. KG in co-operation with Goldbeck West GmbH. It will provide a learning centre for over 1,300 children and young people.

The idea of a lively school
The new school campus is to become a living organism, representing a „small city within a city“. To realise this educational and spatial concept, Wasseramselplatz was chosen as the location for the comprehensive school. This choice of location offers the school plenty of space for movement.

The design
Several functional cluster units are lined up along a school street. These learning units were designed as 3-4-storey cubes separated by internal courtyards. A large open space was left in the north of the site. This is used for the pupils‘ sporting activities, but is also intended to be used for breaks. The comprehensive school also has a new multi-sports hall, which was completed in summer 2022.

The design architects
The design idea for the new comprehensive school comes from the architects at Cologne-based v-Architekten. With their imaginative design proposal, they won the multiple commission.

Sustainability a high priority
When planning the Wasseramselweg comprehensive school, a special focus was placed on the topic of sustainability. Both the use of low-emission materials and the energy efficiency of the school complex were important parameters. The comprehensive school was largely designed as a passive house with a heat pump and solar system, giving it an energy efficiency standard of 40 EE. DGNB Platinum certification is also being sought.