Primary school ‘Het Bovenland’, Amsterdam
Built in the ecological zone “De Groene As” (The Green Axis), which unites a large and small natural area and is also inspired by the atmosphere and scale of the nearby unique village of Sloten, primary school “Het Bovenland” shows itself as a friendly, safe and recognizable school building. The building includes a primary school, playgroup and gym – which is also open for sports to the neighbourhood – when not in use by the children of the school.
The colorful building has a green roof and is built with durable and natural materials. The technique fully complies with the requirements of a ‘Frisse School’ (Fresh School), Dutch guidelines for schools to have low energy consumption and a healthy indoor environment when it comes to air quality, temperature and comfort, light and sound.
All the classrooms therefor have windows that can open parts of more than 2m². The school has full mechanical ventilation (supply and exhaust) with heat recovery calculated to have the most desired CO2 concentrations and is equipped with underfloor heating. The school has gained Energy Label A.
The functionality and flexibility were a major priority from the beginning of the design, given the number of users of the school. It therefore has various areas that can be separately used at different times of the day and by different groups of users. This is achieved by the way the various functions are situated. As a result, the spaces have become interchangeable. The classrooms with flexible walls are located around the main hall, so they can serve as meeting places for both small and large gatherings/ groups.
At the end of 2015 we realized an expansion for six more classrooms and some general rooms.