Elementary school “De Wereldburger Amsterdam”

Elementary school “De Wereldburger Amsterdam”

Architect
Moke architecten
Location
Amsterdam, The Netherlands | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Primary Schools
Thijs Wolzak
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
FlooringForbo Eurocol Nederland B.V.
LINOLEUM
BamboeMOSO Bamboo Products
SteelSCHÜCO
Door hardwareFSB
Acoustic ceiling systemsACOSORB

Product Spec Sheet
Flooring
Steel
by SCHÜCO
Door hardware
by FSB
Acoustic ceiling systems
by ACOSORB

Elementary school “De Wereldburger Amsterdam”

Moke architecten as Architects

What was the brief?
Primary school De Wereldburger in Amsterdam is giving its building a new lease of life. ‘The school, which opened in 1965, decided not to construct a new building but to reuse the old concrete frame and supplement it with a wooden frame,’ says architect Gianni Cito. He designed a circular and near-energy neutral building that feels like a palace for learning and playing.

photo_credit Thijs Wolzak
Thijs Wolzak
photo_credit Thijs Wolzak
Thijs Wolzak

What were the key challenges?
The existing building had been neglected over the years. Also, a high fence had been erected around the school, which made the area unfriendly and unsafe; the children literally found themselves behind bars. In consultation with the City of Amsterdam, we removed the fences. A new, wide pavement now connects the building with the public space. The school is part of the neighbourhood and links up with the public park perfectly.

photo_credit Thijs Wolzak
Thijs Wolzak
photo_credit Thijs Wolzak
Thijs Wolzak

What materials did you choose and why?
It’s not only the old school structure that has been reused; newly introduced building materials such as floorboards, stairs, ceilings, door handles and washbasins also originate from other buildings. This school building is alive and makes the children aware of the source of materials.

photo_credit Thijs Wolzak
Thijs Wolzak
photo_credit Thijs Wolzak
Thijs Wolzak

A Palace for Learning and Playing

The new school building’s spaces are open and organic; every one of them can be used for learning, playing or just to take a break. The central hall offers literal and figurative room to play in: on the large stairs, under the stairs, in front of them and on the landings. ‘Each age group has its own stairs and there’s room for every teacher to put pupils to work individually or in groups either in the classroom, between the classrooms, by the windows or in the corridors. The older children are upstairs, the smaller ones can walk right out the door, into the enclosed park.’

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Material Used:
1. Facade cladding: Bamboe, Product, Mosos
2. Flooring: Linoleum, Product, Forbo
3. Doors: Door hardware, Product, FSB
4. Windows: Steel, Product, Schüco
5. Interior furniture: Acoustic ceiling systems, Product, acosorbAdd more if available 

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