Amid the heterogeneous surrounding structure, the new Alpen-Adria-Gymnasium is conceived as a building that creates a calm identity for the entire campus. Moving the school building away from Johann-Heinrich-Pestalozzi-Strasse creates an architectural interaction with the outdoor spaces. Attractive plazas are thus being defined, which are intended to function as the "new centre" of the school campus and as an interface for the routing. The location of the entrances and various functional areas on the ground floor ensures a sustainable liveliness at the "Johann-Heinrich-Pestalozzi-Platz".
The new school is characterized by spaciousness and open structures, most of which can be used in a neutral and flexible manner. It is intended as a place for living and learning in which, despite its compact configuration, a variety of spaces with exciting visual references as well as venues for learning, communication and leisure are created. The overall concept is based on a clear framework with a uniform construction rhythm, which ensures a high degree of adaptability for future developments. When looking at the floor plan, one can see interlinked spatial structures extending across floors, open and closed zones, as well as balconies and terraces, which allow for a variety of possible utilisations. Despite the compact design, the new school building develops into a generous, translucent structure with a very specific atmosphere.
The façade is clearly structured, following the basic concept of the floor plans. Plant troughs in the window niches break up the strict pattern of the window openings and provide the school with a unique identification feature. The structural cut-outs in the two upper storeys level out the building's proportions in relation to its neighbouring buildings.