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.
Integral Kids Centre (IKC) Zeven Zeeën in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Moke Architecten
June 11th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Moke Architecten
In Banne Buiksloot in the north of Amsterdam the general building fabric consists of high apartment blocks. In contrast the public buildings do the opposite. They form a network of low buildings that seek a strong connection to the public domain. The new 2 storey primary school, designed by the architect Gianni Cito of the Amsterdam office Moke Architecten, does the same. The school stands out due to its crenelated shed roof and the tribune stairway that connects the school with the playground. The playful round windows and the red scaly façade give the building an autonomous expression that fits its public role.
An IKC is an integral kids centre and it offers a place for kids from 0 until 12 and for their parents. Besides the school the building also accommodates a childcare centre and a parents room.
The wide corricors with calm colours suit the educational philosophy of the Dalton school. The school strongly relies on individual initiative of its pupils. It offers a large variety of working places for individual and group work. The use of wood for the window frames between the corridor and the classrooms, the ceiling and all integrated cabinets strengthens the soft and natural expression of the interior. Both cabinets and ceiling have a noise-reducing surface.
The building is one of the first completely energy neutral schools in the Netherlands. The double prefab concrete façade in combination with high spaces and predominantly northern light, strongly reduce the warming up of the spaces during daytime. During the nights the room temperature drops in a natural way.
Therefor the building is cooled naturally, which reduces the use of energy. The shed roof is covered with 324 PV-panels.
About the architect
Gianni Cito is partner of Moke Architecten, together with Ludo Grooteman. Moke Architecten is a young and rapidly growing Amsterdam based architectural office with at the moment 11 employees. The office designs schools, housing, shopping centres and urban plans.
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