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Multifunctional School Building Tesselseveld / HVE architecten

  • 01:00 - 20 April, 2011
Multifunctional School Building Tesselseveld / HVE architecten
Multifunctional School Building Tesselseveld / HVE architecten, Courtesy of HVE architecten
Courtesy of HVE architecten

Courtesy of HVE architecten © Peter de Ruig © Peter de Ruig © Peter de Ruig +13

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Project Team

    Gerrit van Es, Suzan Reerink
  • Client

    Stichting Christelijk Onderwijs Haaglanden (SCOH) + City of The Hague
  • Area

    2700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Courtesy of HVE architecten, Peter de Ruig

From the architect. We feel that a school should be like a small town, with streets, squares and houses. A town where one meets, learns, plays and discovers. A school as a town where children learn to peacefully coexist and grow.

The assignment for Tesselseveld was to create a community school that unites two elementary schools with playgroups and an enlarged gym in a single building.

© Peter de Ruig
© Peter de Ruig

From the start we set out to design a building in which all the different organisations would be able to function independently and separately while maintaining a physical, spatial and tangible connection. In order to accomplish this all the different programs were given a separate entrance and several common areas were created. In this way the building can also be used for community use and after-school care activities.

© Peter de Ruig
© Peter de Ruig

The common areas are a playroom and the enlarged gym hall, both located in the centre of the building. These areas, the squares of this miniature town, are connected to the classrooms, the houses, through a wide, central corridor. Because of its width and the many skylights and voids daylight penetrates the space and the corridor becomes a pleasant space of encounter between young and old, children, parents and teachers.

© Peter de Ruig
© Peter de Ruig

In the community school concept a large number of community-based activities and services are integrated. It is a practical implementation of the integrated youth policy in which the school has a central role. The community school links education to various important children and parents’ services like parenting support, child day care, health centres, etc. By combining services in a network or in a shared building, they become more accessible. Also, the various services can join forces and adjust their services to match and complement each other as well as meet the needs of the children and parents.

The community schools concept is mostly based on participation, of children and parents. Parents are stimulated to be actively involved and pupil input is encouraged. The activities at the community school are aimed at enabling children and the people around them to enhance their social skills as well as to learn interactively through participation. The community school promotes active participation in society through education, recreation and work. It is open to children of all ages: from pre-school through primary school and secondary education.

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Courtesy of HVE architecten

Multifunctional School Building Tesselseveld / HVE architecten