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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Osdorp Multi-Functional School in The Netherlands by Mecanoo architecten

June 7th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Mecanoo architecten

Urban renewal plan

A large-scale urban renewal project is in progress in the Reimerswaalbuurt in Osdorp, a neighborhood situated at the periphery of Amsterdam. The ambitious plan was made under the supervision of the Architecten Cie. Nine building complexes will be realized with broad streets and auto-free squares. Mecanoo designed the first complex which includes a school, sports hall, pre-school playrooms, a children’s day-care center, a community center, 51 apartments and 21 single family homes. The neighborhood will be enriched with good social housing situated in a network of pleasant and safe streets, squares and public green space with gathering places to socialize in. The result of the fruitful cooperation between the developer Ymere, the school board, design studio Makkink & Bey and artist Elspeth Pikaar is a richly detailed social housing and multi-functional education complex. Mecanoo’s design example will set the stage for the other eight residential complexes.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Mecanoo architecten
  • Name of Project: Osdorp Multi-Functional School
  • Location: Osdorp, The Netherlands
  • Design: 2005-2007
  • Realisation: 2007-2011
  • Developer: Ymere Ontwikkeling, Amsterdam; Amsterdamse Stichting voor Katholiek Onderwijs (ASKO), Amsterdam


  • Contractor: Goudstikker – de Vries, Almere
  • Structual Advisor: Nieman, Utrecht
  • Installation Advisor Reuser: Technisch Adviesbureau, ’s Hertogenbosch
  • Cost Advisor: MBM-consult, Amsterdam
  • Designer of Fence: Studio Makkink & Bey, Rotterdam
  • Building costs: € 15.000.000 excluding installation costs

Exterior View


Community and social functions are located on the ground level of the complex. The entrances to the school, pre-school playrooms, children’s day-care center and apartments are located at the highly accessible Osdorper Ban. The building slopes down from 6 levels to three on the north side and connects beautifully with the complex (to be built) on the northwest side. The northwest side of the complex opens up to the green courtyard, which is the domain of both residents and pupils of the school. Situated in the four levels above the school are 51 apartments, of which 16 are designated for people with mild physical handicaps. The quieter, north side of the complex houses 21 single family homes.

Interior View

Preliminary school st. lukas

The main (glass) entrance of St. Lukas offers a transparent view to a large courtyard in the back. A second entrance is located on the courtyard’s raised square and is accessible via a whimsical design fence by Studio Makkink & Bey. An exceptional façade was created in cooperation with the artist, Elspeth Pikaar. She asked the pupils of St. Lukas to write texts and make drawings; these were then processed in large glass panels. The panels form a ribbon around the building and bring into picture the progression of study years at the school. The artwork shows the pupils’ sense of connection with their school and neighborhood. The interior of the school is meticulous in its child-friendly detailing, and a fresh colour green is deftly applied throughout the entire building and the classrooms.

Interior View

Warm radiance

Most noticeable is the building’s refined and decorative brickwork. Half open façades clad the complex’s interior, and in combination with broad walkways, reinforce the high quality of the social housing complex. An alternating rhythm of residential balconies and window openings along the exterior, street side(s) augment the building’s lively radiance.

Program: Multi-functional school including a primary school, children’s day care center and a 3.500 m2 sports hall, a care center, 51 apartments and 21 single family homes.

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