Flexible schools using modular timber construction
Highly innovative construction of school buildings: the modular timber school buildings developed by Blumer Lehmann specifically for educational facilities consist of two base models and combine rapid planning with optimal flexibility. Times and costs for planning and production are optimised. Schools built with modular timber construction can be designed both as temporary structures (to provide space when the number of school children increases rapidly) and as long-term replacement buildings. The base models ‘small’ and ‘large’ can be adapted to suit the specifics of each site and each set of requirements. What’s more, modular timber construction also fulfils all statutory norms as well as energy and structural requirements.
Standardised, serially produced timber modules deliver flexible, high-quality teaching spaces for educational facilities within a short timeframe.
Two modular timber base models can be configured to suit each facility’s needs. Functional fixed spaces provide the foundation for planning, whether for a primary school, pre-school, nursery or secondary school.
The biggest benefit:
Children, young people and teaching staff all benefit from the healthy learning environment offered by timber modules. Clients enjoy the benefits of cost certainty, quality assurance and adherence to schedules. They can count on the verified quality of our standardised timber modules. Blumer Lehmann is a specialist with the right experience to take on the full planning, production and assembly process for these buildings.
The benefits for clients
- Efficient and reliable planning and implementation
- Base models can be adapted individually and flexibly to requirements and sites
- Short planning times, rapid production and very short installation times on the construction site
- Lower planning and construction costs
- Reliable scheduling
- No disruption to school operations – extension and conversion during the summer holidays
- Long-term space planning and financing for schools
- Various financing models
- Sustainable construction with re-usable modules and natural construction materials
- Individual design of floor plans, interior design and facades
- Planning using Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Advice from a timber module construction professional?
Mr Lukas Osterwalder, Head of modular construction, will be pleased to assist you.
T +41 71 388 58 20
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The floor plan of the small base model features highly accessible classrooms made by integrating three timber modules. The staff room is situated between them to ensure short distances to all classroom modules. A group/intervention space is made up of two modules and can be accessed from two sides. Separate wet rooms are adapted to suit the dimensions of the teaching facility.
The floor plan of the large base model features several primary spaces and infrastructure areas. The modular timber buildings can be up to three storeys high, each one accessed by inside or outside stairways or arcades. Spaces can be arranged as needed, giving plenty of architectural freedom in designing the timber structures.
Friendly colours motivate the children during the school day. Functionality is often the core consideration when building a school or childcare facility. Yet the forms, colours and materials chosen are crucially important in designing school buildings that are as stimulating as possible.
The sophisticated building technology concept delivers safe and reliable sanitary facilities.
Light-filled classrooms promote learning in the timber modules. A range of acoustic ceiling systems are available for designing the interior spaces. There are also many different materials to choose from for the interior. The walls are built using a material combination of OSB wood panels and rendered gypsum fibreboard as standard.
Wide, bright corridors channel the flow of students. Depending on requirements, other options for the interior also include return walls, desk ledges, glass screens and wall-mounted drinking fountains.
Staff rooms are fitted out in a highly practical way to permit undisturbed conversation. The furnishings in primary spaces and infrastructure areas are put together on a custom basis, with coat racks, storage systems, desks and chairs, as well as school resources like boards and other equipment. Extra furnishings can also be added as required.
Facade with structured wood surface – planed natural spruce/fir, boards in a horizontal or vertical arrangement
Photovoltaic panels as facade, possible in various colour coatings
Facade with rhomboid cladding, possible in various colour coatings
Facade with vertical cladding and CNC-milled ornamentation, pressure treated, with glazed finish
Metal cassette facade available in various materials
Facade with vertical cladding in natural spruce/fir, surface with bandsaw cut
Facade with vertical grooved cladding, surface with bandsaw cut and pre-greying coating
Facade with panel cladding in a range of materials, structures and colours
Facade with vertical cladding with curtain-wall design element, pressure treated, with glazed finish
References for modular timber school buildings
School of the future – single-storey modular construction
The ‘flying classroom’ in Berlin is a pilot project for the school of the future. The flexible modular construction creates the foundations for innovative schooling concepts.
School pavilion – space issues solved
This two-storey school pavilion in Beinwil am See provided much-needed space on an interim basis and offers mobility despite the exacting architecture.
School and pre-school pavilions – vibrant school spaces
The ‘Modular Zug’ uses the modular system to provide flexible and temporary school spaces. The different floor plans made possible by a modular timber design accommodate varying space requirements.
‘Zurich Modular’ – temporary school space
The ‘Zurich Modular’ three-storey modular constructions provide temporary school space for a period of 10 to 15 years. The 110 timber modules will be re-used later at a different location.