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Competitions in 2017

Education was a key theme for Franz&Sue in 2017. Our practice took part in a total of seven competitions for schools. We won 2nd place in three of them and a special mention in another two.



Recent successes include 2nd place in the competition for the new BG/BRG Purkersdorf secondary school in Tullnerbach, Lower Austria. The steep incline of the site and the school’s arts and crafts focus were the distinguishing features of this project. Our solution for the sloping plot proposed three rectangular, connected volumes of different heights that are staggered in relation to each other. The buildings are arranged in such a way as to form four education clusters and leave enough room for creative and leisure spaces.


The excellent functionality of the project is particularly impressive.

Excerpt from the jury statement
‘Competition: new build of the Tullnerbach branch of BG/BRG Purkersdorf’

Our competition entry for the Gerhart Hauptmann school in Heilbronn near Stuttgart, Germany, received a recognition. The call for entries said: ‘An all-day school is a place of both learning and living. Architects need to create quality spaces that facilitate the individual promotion of inclusion.’



We translated this pupil-centred approach into a simple, compact building – the goal was to ensure easy orientation for the children and to provide spaces for communication, learning, leisure time, etc. The proposed position of the school on the triangular plot opens up space for generous garden and leisure areas: a green island in an urban environment.

Its compact shape, impact on the urban fabric and easy-to-read typology and structure set this project apart.

Excerpt from the jury statement
‘City of Heilbronn – competition for the new build of Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule’


At the moment we are already working on new competitions for schools; and we are building schools in Lower Austria, Tyrol and Styria in 2018. ‘School’s out’ isn’t something you are likely to hear at Franz&Sue’s office any time soon …