Written by 2016-2018
Sports facilities Montessori College Oost, Amsterdam (2016-2018)
Herman Hertzberger, Harm Freymuth, Laurens Jan ten Kate, Francesca Caccioli, Tom Vermeer, Jeroa Amanupunnjo
The Montessori College Oost was designed by AHH and completed in 2000. Above of the existing low-rise buildings new sports facilities will be built, with for instance two major sports halls. The new addition is placed over the existing building as "an animal on legs". This makes the sports facilities visible from far away, also from the cycling and walking route that runs along the railway. The importance of sports and physical well-being is thus emphasised: not a neglected component in a backstreet, but proud and visible in the spotlights. The new expansion catches the eye, from afar the contoured, organic roofscape can be seen. This gives sports in Oostpoort its own and fresh flagship.
Because the sports facilities have their own entrance, they will also get a neighborhood function. During the day, the school makes use of them, and in the evenings and in the weekends for local residents the sport is always closeby. Also for that reason the extension got its own identity, more or less separate from the school, but also part of it.
In partnership with BBP, a very sustainable building has been designed: full electric, solar panels, heat pump, LED lighting, water saving toilets and for example night reduction and weather-dependent regulation. Not only the installations have been thought through, also with the materials the ecological footprint is taken into account. Building gas-free has the future. We need to switch to buildings where electricity is the energy source. 'All electric', with preferably green electricity. Montessori College Oost takes the lead here, by not just building sports facilities, but incorporating the green future in the buildings. And that can be shown off, also in the aspect of the building.
Polderweg 3, 1093 KL Amsterdam
Gross floor area
1.624 m2 (new building)
Stichting Montessori Scholengemeenschap Amsterdam