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.
De Opmaat extended school in Arnhem, The Netherlands by AHH
October 2nd, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: AHH
De Opmaat, an extended school located where a meadow landscape meets the outskirts of Arnhem, houses a primary school, a nursery, a playgroup and a gym. The building has sloping roofs, staggered in relation to one another, with stairways, tribune steps, rooflights and roof vegetation. The form fits in with the surrounding area. Thanks to the green on the roofs, the view of the landscape from the houses on the other side remains intact. The glazed frontage on the north side refers to the nearby glasshouses.
Access on the south side is by means of a wide bridge with parking spaces on it for picking up and dropping off children by car. At other times this area can function as a playground. The building’s sloping roof is also part of the playground.
All classrooms are stacked on the north side overlooking the meadow landscape. The multifunctional and communal spaces are situated under the sloping roof. These spaces are lit by rooflights, with voids connecting different floors with one another.
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 in Amsterdam (1981-1983).