Outdoor learning

Green classroom in Hockenheim

The area of a green classroom on the Kraichbach in Hockenheim, which was redesigned to be close to nature in the course of the flood protection and ecology project (HÖP), offers the Carl-Friedrich-Gauß-Gymnasium, which is adjacent to it, the optimal opportunity to offer a place of learning in nature. The planning and implementation of the project was created and supervised by the City of Hockenheim's Department of Urban Planning, Environmental Protection and Green Spaces.

Fresh air while learning

A green classroom is a permanent outdoor learning space where students can regularly spend time in nature. Through independent research and discovery, environmental knowledge is increased and an awareness of the need to protect natural resources is developed, as well as a sensitisation to the considerate treatment of nature. In addition to, for example, student beds for free planting, near-natural woods or flower meadows, the green classroom also needs a furniture concept that enables intensive outdoor learning with its fixed seating and tables.


New places of learning

Individual adaptations at each location for outdoor learning.

Harmonious environment

Bancs from the Maneva range blend harmoniously into their surroundings thanks to their individual production. Without back and armrest, the direction of view when sitting is freely selectable. The high-quality oak seat cushion, consisting of three seat planks, has an open-pored glaze and is finished in natural brown, just like the entire furniture series. This forms a beautiful colour contrast to the surrounding green and emphasises the natural design of the area. The seat planks are supported by a hot-dip galvanised and colour-coated steel frame. The colour coating is based on 2-component epoxy and is in the colour DB 703.

Flexible options

The banc is also used as part of the Maneva fixed seating group. The hot-dip galvanised steel frame connects the two stool benches with the table in the middle and ensures high stability and durability of the seating group. The table top is also made of oak in a natural brown colour and is very robust due to the open-pored glazing and colour coating, so that a minimum of care and maintenance is required. In addition to their use for the green classroom, the bench-table combinations create spaces and areas for meeting, communication and recreation. The expressive yet reduced design creates an inviting atmosphere for pupils, passers-by and residents, who can rediscover and conquer living spaces in the neighbourhood and in this way promote the quality of life.

Diverse design

As a third furniture element, the stand-alone table from the Maneva series completes the diverse design of the Green Classroom. Individually manufactured with a height of 1250 mm, it offers the possibility of working while standing. Like the entire series, the tables are equipped with hot-dip galvanised steel frames and glazed, colour-coated wooden planks made of oak. The arrangement of the high tables framing the seating groups creates the impression of a closed circle and offers the teacher the possibility to position himself in front of the pupils as if in a classroom. The uniform design of the furniture elements in natural brown promotes the harmonious overall impression and optimally integrates the Green Classroom into the newly designed area of the Kraichbach.


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