Extension of the Catholic Gymnasium in Třebíč

  • area / size 6,436 sqft
  • Completed 2019
  • Atelier Tišnovka was tasked with the update and extension of the Catholic Gymnasium in Třebíč, Czech Republic.

    The Extension of the gymnasium is an architectural intervention into the existing school complex, which is located in the former Capuchin monastery in Třebíč- Jejkov. The new building replaced the one-storey temporary building from the totalitarian era.

    On the south side, the extension follows the direction of neighbouring monastery buildings; on the north side, it creates an inner courtyard for relaxation of students in a connection to the outdoor classroom. Two-part layout scheme opens on ground floor through a glazed recess hall into the courtyard, on the first floor the corridor is oriented to the opened terrace. Classrooms, laboratories and teacher’s offices are organized according to the specific requirements of the school.

    Architecture is articulated as a basic follow-up archetypal shape, which integrates the basic proportion features of the historical buildings of the monastery, but at the same time it consistently works with contemporary expression means, setting the building into timeline. The time difference with regard to the historical part of the school is emphasized by the glazed gap with integrated transparent construction of the elevator.

    Construction uses the combined system of load bearing walls made of ceramic blocks, reinforced concrete columns and ceilings.

    The selection of the used materials is based on the conceptual two-dimensional proportion of proposal: they dispose the temporary character, and at the same time they integrate potential of dialogue with the place.

    Materials used in the exterior are: light limestone plaster on the corpus of the house, cembrit boards on the roof, scrubbed terrazzo on plinth, aluminium windows and grey polished steel on locksmith elements. Stone walls, levelling the terrain differences, are made of layered gneiss. Materials used in the interior are light edged terrazzo in the hallways and oak parquet floors in the classrooms and teachers‘ offices. The doors, the view-throughs into classrooms and built-in furniture are made of maple wood.

    Architect: Atelier Tišnovka
    Design Team: Miloš Klement, Petr Todorov, Eva Kovářová, Inka Matoušková, Eliška Zobačová
    Photography: BoysPlayNice