Humanist Principles underpin the design of this new school planned for Zuidlijke Wandelweg, Amsterdam. In a pioneering concept, the building combines education for main stream children alongside children with special educational needs, from ages 0 to 12. There will also be a preschool nursery on site run by Partou Kinderopvang.
The building form is a solar collecting, slopping, block. An ‘egg’ shape cut from the centre, creates an open garden court embracing existing trees. This provides both shade and a protected play space. The main aula and large learning plains, have direct contact with the inner court and is where pupils can study and play in small groups.
To the south of the building, is located more open and public play space for the school and kinderopvang (nursery) directly facing the water and Zorgvlied, the green cemetery park.
The main entrance is located to the north side of the building where a large volume is cut from the building block at ground floor level, the gymnasium above, provides a cantilevered cover. On entering the building the inner space opens out onto the aula which gives direct connection to the library and the central open garden court.
The whole design responds to the surrounding mature trees and the passage of light during the school day.