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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.

Bonifacius School in Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands by Faro Architecten

June 30th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Faro Architecten

Alphen aan den Rijn is turning into a real city. The developed Bonifacius location has also become an area with urban construction. The new Bonifacius school is the first step in the new urban plan that FARO is making for this part of Alphen.

The appearance of the building fits into the current urban architecture with a brick plinth under a light metal façade. The brick is enhanced with arcs: characteristic, recognizable and strong. The lighter upper façade has horizontal lines and contrasts with color and texture. Building the new school is part of the grander scheme for the Bonifacius location that also houses new apartments, assisted care residences, shops with a parking garage and, in the old school building a hotel or restaurant.

Bonifacius School

  • Architects: Faro Architecten
  • Project: Bonifacius School
  • Location: Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands
  • Address: Paradijslaan 11
  • Status: gereed
  • Start design: 2006
  • Completion date: March 2011
  • Software used: Arkey for drawings

Bonifacius School

  • Client: Gemeente Alphen aan den Rijn
  • Contractor: van Deelen
  • Construction advise: Adviesburo Kaskon
  • Calculation: Interplan
  • Building Physics: Nieman, Utrecht
  • Installations: Galjema, Rijswijk
  • Supevision: Alphaplan

Exterior View

  • Building cost: € 2.770.000,00
  • Type of location: inner city
  • Type: school
  • Typology: 15 room elementary school, after school care and gymnasiuml
  • BVO total [m2]: 2635
  • Opp. GBO [m2]: 2276
  • Etage: 3 levels
  • Size of lot: [m2]: 1650

Interior View

The first building of plan has been completed: the Roman Catholic elementary school Bonifacius. The building refers both to the future as to the past. The design is evidently modern but uses historic elements. Elements that were used in Roman and Medieval times will still be used today: the same but different: arcs, gates, walls and Bonifacius’ name forever in brick. All of this together creates the architectural image of a building that will contribute to the century-long tradition. Contributing something of our own time and culture to a never ending development. The children will thus be taken into the history of this location.

Interior View

FARO has an integral approach towards sustainability and has booked increasing results on many fronts. The Bonifacius school also meets the needs of any contemporary building. The building is very compact and uses minimal energy. The interior is fresh and noise-free. The spaces are flexible and can be used by many different user groups. One request was to design a school that will function at least 75 years. The materials we used are all solid and durable and can easily stand the test of time. The users, the school team, the children and also the neighbors – all have been included in the realization of the design.

Interior View

Sustainable elements
–     compact building, balance between interior space and facades for less loss energy
–    Balanced ventilation system with heat exchange
–    Energy efficiency label 10% higher than required by law
–    Floor, roof and walls with heat insulation – > 3m2K/W
–    HR++ insulation glazing
–    Use of sustainable materials
–    Integrated solar screens and sun reflecting glazing
–    Possibility to place pv panels on roof


Bonifacius School

Play Area

Interior View

Bonifacius School


Exterior Space

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