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.
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!
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.
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.
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.