This dou­ble ele­men­tary school is sit­u­ated in the heart of the Schilder­swijk in The Hague. It is built on the site of two pre­vi­ous schools. A school build­ing is impor­tant for a neigh­bor­hood, espe­cially in the Schilder­swijk the con­nect­ing aspect of a school build­ing plays an sig­nif­i­cant role. The school is the cen­tral meet­ing place for the neigh­bor­hood. The build­ing accom­mo­dates two pre-​schools, two large ele­men­tary schools of dif­fer­ent reli­gions, sport­clubs, the Ghanan church, adult edu­ca­tion and many others.

The build­ing man­i­fests itself as two schools that evi­dently belong together, but each have their own char­ac­ter­is­tics and own entrances. Sep­a­rate doors are inte­grated into the design for the after school activities.

The design of the school builds fourth on the sur­round­ing urban fab­ric. The sturdy brick façades are enriched with gate’s and the famil­iar school win­dows. The design includes sev­eral small secluded and secur­able out­door areas — safe spots — for the tod­dlers to play. A large tree stands on the main quad­ran­gle, because, what is a school­yard with­out a tree? Both schools have a large cen­tral hall, a cov­ered rec­og­niz­able square where all inte­rior traf­fic leads to and from. Not only for traf­fic, it can also be used for all kinds of activ­i­ties as musi­cals, fancy fairs or just ordi­nary lessons.

FARO Architecten Lisserbroek

land­goed de olmen­horst
lis­ser­weg 487d
2165 as lisserbroek

ves­tig­ing oost
oude kraan 72
6811 ll arnhem

+31 (0) 252 414777

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