‘tij49 School / HVDN

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

Architects: HVDN
Location: Amsterdam,
Design Team: Albert Herder, Arie Van der Neut, Monika Pieroth, Sabine Heine
Project Team: Albert Herder, Tom Jonker, Nils Van Ipenburg
Structural Engineering: Jean-Marc Saurer
Client: Stadsdeel Zeeburg Amsterdam
Contractor: Ursem Bouwgroep bv, Wognum
Project Year: 2006
Budget: € 2,900,000
Photographs: Luuk Kramer, Jan Derwig &

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © HVDN © Jan Derwig


Blok 49 on IJburg is reserved to accommodate unusual functions and activities such as Blijburg, a temporary beach with its associated bars. The block and its surroundings will be further developed in the coming 15 years. This temporary school, with a planned lifespan of 20 years, is intended to accommodate the forecast swell in the number of IJburg’s schoolchildren.

situation plan
situation plan

In order to make optimal use of the site, the building traverses the block creating a schoolyard that stretching from the waterfront to the street.


It was evident in the spring of 2006 that the completion of IJburg’s secondary school was behind schedule. As the commencement of the school year in September could not be postponed, the Municipality decided to speedily construct a temporary school. With the completion of the original school, the temporary structure would be made available to accommodate the future increse in the number of primary schoolchildren.

© Jan Derwig
© Jan Derwig

Even though the time frame from conception to completion was less than six months, the client stipulated that this should not manifest itself in the building’s appearance.

The proposal involves a three-storey building with a wide, double-loaded central corridor. By compartmentalising the building vertically, to comply with the fire regulations, the stairwells and voids form part of this central space. The three entrances are located in the building’s long elevation facing the schoolyard.

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer


To harmonise the stacked prefabricated elements into a convincing building, the horizontal bands in the façade are strongly articulated. The cantilevered strips also function as effective sun screens and shelter for the entrances. They are finished with a sprayed rubber layer, white on the outside and with a different brightly coloured soffit per floor. The colouring corresponds with the school’s internal colour scheme. By illuminating the bands at night, the building acts as a beacon in the neighbourhood.

elevation 01
elevation 01
Cite: "‘tij49 School / HVDN" 04 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=42458>
  • Arquipablo

    A total simplicity, with a “twist”….great

  • Arquipablo

    I didnt know that architecture is now an enternteiner too…..

  • christos

    excellent piece of architecture, boring are the people who know nothing about architecture…………..boring may be a song, a play, a person, a moment, a game but not architecture. A Simple, usefull, well-balanced building from a great office!!!

  • kc

    its a good job for a temporary school

  • LGLS

    Very effective aproach to the challenge (significant exterior, transformable interior). Would be very interesting to see more detailed drawings, explaining provisions for speedy assembly, alteration and disassembly.

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  • hunter

    bravo for making pragmatic school look so sensual…

  • sc

    I never understand these projects when we can’t see the interior, the architecture of space, but just the outside photos, an object..
    Ok, you have the plans, great! But If we’re looking at so many pictures, it’s sad that we just have one photo from the interior..

  • joe

    totally agree with sc. We cant really see the quality of the spaces from outside…more interior please

  • flavin

    So simple and clean, a lovely one.

  • t.boban

    This would be much better if the exterior shell was also a usable terrace… Detail like this could be OK if it is used in lets say retail architecture, but this is a school, in which the kids can only see the atraction and they can’t use it.