DOUBLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, THE HAGUE
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.