55th Primary School (55. Volksschule) (1928)

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Architects

Hubert Ritter

Developers

Address and directions

Ratzelstraße 26
04207 Leipzig, Germany

Public transport: Herrmann-Meyer-Straße

Today's use: School

A school that aims to bring joy to children through its architecture and colours.

Description

The school was created from two symmetrically identical functional areas on an almost square floor area. The two side wings of the building accommodate the classrooms, the central parts of the building with gable roofs  served as gyms.

The blocks for the classrooms have windows facing east and west to avoid strong midday sun in summer. The classrooms are separated from the hallways with thin partition walls. The top of the partitions are fitted with glass panes and tilting windows to allow natural light to illuminate the hallways. The lower part of the partitions is used for the students' lockers. In front of the specialist cabinets are instead of lockers placed showcases for exhibits. Each floor is designed in a different colour for a better orientation. Originally there were drinking water fountains on all floors, which are architecturally preserved without any function.

The two gyms in the middle can be connected by opening sliding doors to create a large ceremony hall. Today one of the gym areas is used as the school's cafeteria. The flat roof areas of the connecting buildings were originally planned as roof terraces, which were to be used for outdoor classes and gymnastics exercises.

History

Commissioned by the city of Leipzig, Hubert Ritter designed two almost identical buildings, the 31st and 55th primary schools, which were to become standard school buildings in Leipzig. They were planned in 1927 and were built between 1928 and 1929. When the schools opened, the symmetric school areas were precisely divided into a girls' and a boys' half. Until 2012, the building was used for different school types. Until 2018 it was extensively renovated and reopened as a school called Oberschule Ratzelstraße.

Sources

Construction types
masoned
Facades
clinker brick plaster
Windows
casement French
Roof
flat gable
Details
clock
Position
along a street periphere/neighbourhood
Storeys
3

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