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Marecollege: Beautiful Waldorf School Built with Natural Materials Rises in Leiden
Posted By Tafline Laylin On July 3, 2013 @ 9:47 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Innovation,Sustainable Materials | No Comments
Marecollege is a Waldorf school in The Netherlands that had to be relocated as a result of new developments in Leiden. 24H Architecture was commissioned to help with the transition by transforming abandoned buildings at the new location on Sumatrastraat into a beautiful school for 450 students. They opted to use curious new shapes for extensions to the existing structure as well as a host of natural materials to create a healthy, warm, and stimulating learning environment.
24H Architecture left parts of the original building erected in the 1960s and then added a new central hall – a “lemniscate.” This is a figure eight structure or two loops that join in a central middle. The idea was to give the public face of the school a very distinctive identity. Add to this natural slate cladding  and the effect is really quite powerful.
An interior courtyard that acts as the central playground has a facade of hardwood strips arranged in leaf patterns while each of the 32 classrooms have unique wooden ceilings. A new U-shaped building has a brick facade and timber detailing inside that is ideally suited to the self-empowering and nature-centric Waldorf curriculum . Fresh, airy, and soon to be covered in flowering plants, this is a very special place for students to learn and grow.
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 slate cladding: http://inhabitat.com/solar-powered-i-slate-tablet-tested-by-indian-children/
 nature-centric Waldorf curriculum: http://inhabitat.com/tag/waldorf-inspired/
 + 24H Architecture: http://www.24h.eu
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