ROCvA CAN
Amsterdam

Project Data
Study Commission

Client

ROCvA, Het Oosten BV

Design

2002

Program

13,000 m2 educational space

7,000 m2 housing

10,000 m2 public and commercial functions

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 site for this community college lies in the centre of Amsterdam-Noord located beside a soon-to-be-completed metro station. The design proposal has three objectives (1) to position and shape the school building in relation to movement flows through the site (2) to spread mixed-use functions across the whole site at street level, thus animating all the surrounding streets and (3) to implement design ‘neutrality and flexibility’ to achieve a mixed-use building that can last and be adapted throughout the following 100 years.


All objectives play a key determining role in the organization of a building that combines elements of shopping mall design with traditional ‘urban passage’ to generate an integrated, 24/7 community-based school that functions for different users at different times of the day.


The standardization of construction grids, supported by the strategic positioning of service cores, entrance foyers and circulation zones addresses ROCvA’s ambition to have a robust school model that can survive internal changes and external market dynamics, while always presenting a dynamic façade to the surrounding streets.



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