Elementary School Leopoldinum – SmartCity Graz

  • Location

    Graz, Austria

  • Architect

    Alexa Zahn

  • Client

    Stadt Graz

  • Typology

    • Public buildings
  • Award

    • 2021 Nomination State Award for Architecture and Sustainability
  • Competition


  • Planning

    2016 - 2018

  • Execution

    2018 - 2029

  • Scopes

    • LPH1 Basic analysis construction planning
    • LPH2 Preliminary draft
    • LPH3 Preliminary structural draft
    • LPH4 Submission planning
    • LPH5 Execution planning
    • LPH6 Collaboration in tender procedures
    • LPH7 Support of the construction work
    • LPH8 Collaboration in the local construction supervison
  • Materials

    • Concrete
    • Glass

A monolithic four-storey structure sets an architectural and urbanistic sign. The concept of the new SmartCity school campus, consisting of a primary school and a new secondary school, complements the planned development on Wagner-Biro-Strasse.

The large-scale recess of the lower floors creates a new spacious and partially covered entrance area for the new school campus. Inside, a two-storey hall forms the heart of the school campus and is directly connected to the multi-purpose halls, the recreation rooms, the school canteen and the outdoor space.

The Elementary School and the  Secondary School are located in two almost mirror-like parts and will be realised in two construction phases.

Construction phase 1 – the twelve-class Leopoldinum – has already been completed and opened in September 2019 at the school start. The completion of the new secondary school in construction phase 2 will complete the SmartCity school campus.