Expansion International School of Amsterdam, Amstelveen

The project is an 7.700 m² extension of the previously by our office designed International School of Amsterdam.

In 2012, after winning an international architectural competition, we started with the design for the expansion of The International School of Amsterdam. As mentioned before, the existing building had already been designed by us. However, the competitors were asked to create a design that would contrast to the existing building, yet not alienating. The design had to be fitted on very limited land, very close to the existing building.

The expansion, completed in four floors, includes 30 classrooms, a library for the Lower School, a library for the Upper School, a lunchroom for the Lower School, a lunchroom and social study for the Upper School and a sports hall / playroom (250 m²).

A special feature of the project is that one floor, 1.760 m², is realized entirely underground. On one end wall a spacious outdoor area (150 m²) was realized from which daylight can enter. Furthermore, the functions situated on this layer require little or no daylight (technology, storage, maintenance and the sports hall).

In the selection of architects, the client expressed her ambition to want to obtain the certificate “BREEAM Excellent.” Immediately at our first vision presentation, we have formulated the principles how that could be achieved. During the design, development and realization of the project, these principles have always been leading, for the other consultants and the contractor. The ‘BREEAM Excellent” certificate was actually obtained.

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Total area: 7.700 m²