ROCvA SportParkStad
Amsterdam

Project Data
Study Commission

Client

ROCvA

Bouwfonds Ontwikkeling

Design

2005

Program

12,000 m2 educational space

6,000 m2 apartments

4,000 m2 commercial and community functions

120 parking places

Site area

2 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.


The site for this new community college is in the east of the city and visible from the A10, Amsterdam’s main ring road. However roads, a canal and open wasteland that surround the site on all sides also isolate the site from its surroundings.


As a means to re-urbanise the greater area, S333 proposed to fill the ground floor of the building with a range of social and commercial functions. By attracting people to the building arriving by foot, car or public transport, the intention was to help ROCvA successfully integrate its facilities at both local and regional scales.


The five key elements of the programme sit like independent blocks above a plinth of collective parking. From a distance, the exterior façade is aimed at creating a new landmark in this distinctly characterless district of Amsterdam. The interior glass façades are designed to reflect light in different ways, depending the season and the angle of the sun.



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