Wiesbaden Middle School
21st Century Schools in Germany
The Middle School in Wiesbaden was designed using the DoDEA 21st Century Facility Specifications and was the first school in Europe to be completed using this concept. The three class wings are two stories each and have six neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is divided into a variety of learning areas such as learning studios/classrooms, laboratories and group rooms with associated infrastructure rooms. These and their centers can be spatially linked with one other, based on the type of class and its present requirement.
The core or heart of the school is the multipurpose room, designed as a two-story hall with galleries on the sides, and is located in the physical center of the building. Since the Middle School is a full-time school, the multipurpose room functions both as a cafeteria for lunch, with an adjacent kitchen and server, and as a commons area at the beginning and end of each day for socializing and circulating. The school also has additional rooms for general use and a information center, which is situated on the upper level. Mechanical rooms are located in the basement.