Written by 2004-2007
Extended school De Opmaat, Arnhem (2004-2007)
Herman Hertzberger, Jop Voorn, Cor Kruter, Moreen Creemers, Geert Mol, Pieter Benschop, Roos Eichhorn
The neighbourhood had hoped for a park on this location, and to defuse their objections, we made the side of the school facing the houses into a primarily landscape-like hill that can be used as a roof park, while the grandstand constitutes an added attraction in the playground. These devices also help to make the building more an integrated part of its surroundings than a free-standing object.
The large central area borders directly on the working area in front of the classrooms, which can be completely opened up using concertina walls, as a result of which the wide steps can be used as working areas, even when no communal activities are taking place, an innovation that proved particularly successful at the Apollo Schools.
Emily Brontësingel 1, 6836 TV Arnhem
Gross floor area
Herman van Doorn, René de Wit and AHH