ENERGY GLOBE
Luxembourg

WINNER:
FABECK ARCHITECTES

With the Project:
TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONS in Ettelbruck

The construction of the project Technical High School for Health Professionals in Ettelbruck was started in 2016. The Administration des bâtiments publics took the decision at the very start of the project process with an aim to create a Plus Energy building with a very low energy impact. In order to achieve this, Fabeck Architectes incorporated the sun as an energy source into the design of the building.

INITIAL SITUATION

The healthcare system in Luxemburg mainly depends on foreign nurses from Belgium, Germany and France. In order to educate more nurses living close to their working place, the Luxemburg state foresaw the construction of three nursery schools. It was in the interest of the system that buildings were constructed in the most economical way possible.

SOLUTION

Based on several preliminary studies with regard to the building structure and technology, Fabeck Architectes developed a cubature that does justice to the genius loci and integrates the building into the structure of the city's outskirts. It was explicitly not designed as an ‘island’, but rather as an integrated project with the intention to become a showpiece. All the technical elements were integrated in architectural harmony and do not have to lead to contrasts.

INNOVATION

The building and the technology were developed by Fabeck Architectes, Betic technique and Daedalus static engineers assisted by other specialists. The structure of the building is made of wood and the internal partitions are drywalls made of clay. Special heat exchangers were developed and thermal energy was used in the interior to transport fresh air. There is no conventional heating and ventilation system with pipes and ducts. A complete system integrates the solar energy with an aesthetic architectural approach.

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