Regional Education Center, (ROC), Oss

The observation that the building does not look like a school is surely a wonderful compliment. For it was the intention of the Regionaal Opleidingscentrum (Regional Education Centre) €œDe Leijgraaf€ to have a atypical building to represent the school image. Firstly because the modern education methods need a different kind of building, secondly to stand out and get noticed. ROC De Leijgraaf wanted to make “a statement” to the province of Northeast Brabant and show that there is a vibrant, modern educational facility located in this region. Where modern and practical education can be taught and practiced. A building where students would feel at ease.

Flexibility and diversity was a very important demand for the design. It has a great variety in learning methods; learning takes place individually, in small or larger groups. There are several learning, reading and discussion area€™s for the students, tutor rooms, quiet area€™s for reading and open learning spaces, all with multimedia access. Despite all the modern education facilities in this building, it is still very important to remember the basic principles of education: “Learning can only be possible in a safe and nurturing environment.”

2006    – Winner of the Architecture Public Prize by the: Designers Circle, Oss

Total area: 10.040 m²