MoederscheimMoonen Architects and Spring Architecten have unveiled designs for a new Dutch high school that’s so stunning, it’s hard not to feel a twinge of envy. Located in Doorn and surrounded by lush greenery, the Revius Lyceum secondary school will accommodate some 1,200 students within a main school building and a separate sports center. The most striking feature of the design is its use of space: the compact and flexible school eschews corridors and uses every single space as “an effective environment for learning.”
Transparency was a key design objective for the Revius Lyceum school. The three-story building is clad in two facades: the first is a glass skin that wraps around the building to allow views both in and out of the building; the second is a steel structure with horizontal bars painted earthy colors evocative of autumn leaves. The use of glazing and eye-catching steel bars creates a feeling of inclusion and openness that also allows for a “gradual transition between the interior and the outside.”
The interior of the three-story building is arranged around a large central atrium that helps fill the school with natural light. Classrooms and “learning courts”—transitional areas with long communal tables for studying—are located around the atrium. “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,” said architect Alfons Hams of Spring Architecten. “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.
“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!” According to MoederscheimMoonen Architects, final acceptance for the school designs scheduled for mid 2017.
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