Elementary School, Rolandstrasse - Düsseldorf- Germany
The Paul Schneider-Esleben school (built in 1961) has been a landmarked building since 1990.
The aim of the competition announced by the city of Düsseldorf was to preserve the original appearance of the reinforced concrete building while implementing needed energy efficient renovations.
The collaborating team of Legner + van Ooyen proposed a new ventilated curtain wall, replacing the aggregate concrete parts from the sixties with structured, glass-fiber concrete elements.
This would preserve the aesthetics of the original structure despite the new surface. “Sometimes one must invent something new, in order to keep the old,” commented architect Klaus Legner on the acclaimed renovation project.