ROC Amstelveen
Amsterdam

Project Data
Study Commission

Client
ROCvA
Design

2004

Program

16,000 m2 educational space

5000 m2 housing

9,000 m2 commercial and community functions

200 parking places

Site area

3 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 of this new community college is in Amstelveen, on the southern edge of Amsterdam, close to Schipol Airport and bordered by sports fields and industrial terrains. A recent study confirmed this area as being one of the most unattractive and least visited areas of the city.

S333 therefore placed great emphasis on making safe, meaningful public and collective spaces in and around the building, with clear links to local public transport and reinforced by an architectural strategy premised on making a building that spreads across to engage with the whole site.


Designed rather like an octopus, the building’s head and heart are the ROCvA facilities, arranged around a central courtyard garden. Tentacles of ancillary program spread out from the building’s centre framing gardens, landscaped parking areas and outdoor amenities. At the site perimeters, the tentacles house public facilities that interact with the surrounding neighbourhood.



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