ROCvA Zuid-AS
Amsterdam

Project Data
Study Commission

Client
ROCvA, PRC Bouwcentrum, Amstelland MDC
Design
2003
Program
22,000 m2 educational program
8,000 m2 shops
240 underground car parking places
Site
1.8 ha

Project overview
Over the last 5 years and as part of an ongoing design project, S333 has been working closely with a school organisation, ROCvA, to research and design new types of multifunctional school buildings (community colleges) that are more integrated into their urban context.

This new community college is on the edge of Amsterdam Zuid-As, the Netherlands’ largest inner-city development, currently under construction. It’s a strategic location - a major ‘gateway’ into the centre of the city – and opposite the RAI, the Netherlands’ most import venue for international trade shows, exhibitions and events.

There is continuing emphasis in Amsterdam Zuid-As on encouraging the importance of the street and street-based activities, through the transparent and mixed-use character of the lower floors in all new buildings.

This forms the starting point for S333’s project. All parking is removed from the street and placed underground to facilitate views and flows through the building. Exhibition and conference facilities for the RAI are incorporated on the ground and first floors, bringing new synergies to the Community College’s training and business facilities.

Amenities to serve the local neighbourhood are spread along the length of the building to ensure vitality at night and during weekends, when the business district is less dynamic. School functions hover above the foyer spaces, opening onto roof gardens and terraces.

In this proposal, many ‘buildings’ and activities are combined in one unifying landmark structure to animate the full length of the site.



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