ROCvA Community College North (CCN)
Amsterdam

Project Data
Study Commission

Client
ROCvA
CZAN Ontwikkeling CV
Design
2006
Programme
14,000 m2 educational program
6,000 m2 housing
5,000 m2 commercial space
125 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 that are more integrated into their urban context.


The design for this new community college is based on S333’s previous design for ROCvA College Amsterdam-Noord (CAN) in 2002, but this time commissioned by a different consortium of clients to meet new market requirements. The site is the same as for ROCvA CAN - the centre of Amsterdam-Noord located beside the soon-to-be-completed North-South metro line station.


ROCvA’s educational vision asks for greater pedestrian movement in and out of the building and at greater frequency. The organization of core, collective functions is based on arranging external entrances onto the surrounding streets and internal entrances around a generous ‘urban passage’, animated by cafes, restaurants and media centre that steps up and opens out onto roof gardens, play areas and terraces.


The task of orchestrating movement through a series of dramatic external and internal spaces is a key goal in the functional layout of the building.



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