Design presented for a new education campus in Doorn, the Netherlands

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Design presented for a new education campus in Doorn, the Netherlands

Design presented for a new education campus in Doorn, the Netherlands

The definite design of the new Revius Lyceum in Doorn was recently presented to the public.
The new complex has been designed by Spring Architecten in partnership with MoederscheimMoonen Architects.

The education campus, which will accommodate some 1,200 students, comprises two buildings: the main school building and a separate sports centre. Both buildings are distinguished by their compact and transparent design.

Design presented for a new education campus in Doorn, the Netherlands

Architect Alfons Hams (Spring Architecten):

Our main ambition was to design a compact school: a centre of education that does not have corridors, and where each space serves as an effective environment for learning.
This approach has allowed us to create a whole palette of education activities. The auditorium, the lab spaces and the study hall add real flair to the conventional programme of classrooms devoted to specific subjects.

The result is a compact, three-storey design, in which the different ‘learning courts’ and classrooms are clustered around the dynamic heart of the school.

A special feature of the building is how the students come in regular contact with natural lighting and the outside world. This adds to the experience of a varied educational landscape.
Our design strategy has enabled us to realise a building that has a smaller gross floor area than calculated beforehand yet offers more square metres of learning spaces. And we are duly proud of this achievement!

Design presented for a new education campus in Doorn, the Netherlands

The new buildings are situated in a spacious landscape setting, surrounded by an abundance of greenery and sports pitches. A wonderful and particularly apt backdrop for this school.
Despite having to build the new complex around existing premises, the new design still takes centre stage – which is fitting in the architectural context of its environs: a region that is dotted with country estates.

Design presented for a new education campus in Doorn, the Netherlands

Architect Erik Moederscheim (MoederscheimMoonen):

The area around Doorn is renowned for its many country manors. Our design has definitely been influenced by these free-standing buildings’ unique relationship with the landscape and their powerful architecture.
To fit in with this typology, we have actually realised a ‘building within a building’: a very compact, three-storey complex within the exterior of a building with a prominent roof. This is reflected in our design for the second facade. This facade allows for a gradual transition between the interior and the outside. In addition, it serves as a strong, distinctive gesture in the surrounding area.

Design presented for a new education campus in Doorn, the Netherlands

This second facade takes the shape of a steel structure that envelopes the school building like a kind of colonnade and as such calls the skeleton of a country manor to mind.

The steel structure supports a plane of randomly-arranged, coated steel L-profiles. This layer marks the transition from the outside to the interior, as well as filtering the daylight. While the chosen colour scheme uses natural colours, it nevertheless has a vitality fitting of a secondary school building.

Final acceptance of the complex is scheduled for mid-2017.

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