New construction of Paul Klee Gymnasium: ZÜBLIN Timber starts with timber works

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A new campus is being built for Paul Klee Gymnasium in Gersthofen near Augsburg. The new school building will consist of three interconnected cubes of three storeys each. A triple sports hall is also being built on the campus and will be connected to the school building through an underground passage.

The Augsburg district authority commissioned ZÜBLIN Timber with the extensive timber construction work for the school building, being implemented to a consistently materials-appropriate design by bks & partner bauer reichert seitz architekten mbb and with a focus on sustainability.

The school building was designed as a frame structure with partition walls made of lightweight materials. In this way, the building ensemble can be flexibly adapted to future room concepts.

Christian Scholz, Managing Director of ZÜBLIN Timber: “The new campus for the Paul Klee Gymnasium is currently the largest building project in the district of Augsburg. We are pleased to be contributing our experience to the success of this pioneering new school building. The sustainability concept is in part highlighted by the fact that the project is being implemented by us as a regionally based company from the local area.”

Environmentally friendly construction with wood
The building ensemble is designed as a timber hybrid construction, which saves a considerable amount of CO2 compared to conventional construction methods by binding the carbon in the construction materials. The beams and column supports are made of renewable timber materials, the timber-concrete composite ceilings of LENO® cross-laminated timber, dowellam elements and concrete.

The ZÜBLIN Timber contract also includes the production and assembly of the roof elements made of LENO® cross-laminated timber and the approximately 1,800 m² of timber frame external walls. The exterior façade of the school and of the sports hall will be clad by ZÜBLIN Timber with a fibre cement rainscreen.

ZÜBLIN Timber will process around 150 m³ of laminated beech veneer lumber and around 200 m³ of spruce for the beams and column supports. The ceiling and roof elements are being constructed from approximately 9,500 m² and 2,100 m³ of LENO® cross-laminated timber, respectively.

The aim is to use extensive prefabrication in order to produce the individual elements with a continuous 3D structure for a precise fit. This also enables rapid installation on the construction site.

The timber construction works will be completed in April 2022. Upon completion of the project at the end of 2023, the building ensemble will have a gross floor area of around 15,500 m² and will include a dining hall, 47 classrooms, music rooms and workshops, an assembly hall as well as space for administration and new educational concepts. The new school buildings will offer enough room for 1,350 students and approximately 100 teachers.



approx. € 7.2 million



Landratsamt Augsburg (Augsburg district authority)


bks & partner bauer reichert seitz architekten mbb, Munich