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‘tij49 School / HVDN

  • 01:00 - 4 December, 2009
‘tij49 School / HVDN
‘tij49 School / HVDN, © Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © HVDN © Jan Derwig +22

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architects

  • 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
  • Budget

    € 2,900,000
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Location

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.

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.

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer


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.

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

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.

© Jan Derwig
© Jan Derwig

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.

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t.boban · July 26, 2011

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.

Irina Maysova · December 02, 2010

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flavin · December 02, 2010

So simple and clean, a lovely one.

VeroRamirezAlegre · October 03, 2010

Reading: "‘tij49 School / HVDN | ArchDaily"( )

joe · December 07, 2009

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

sc · December 05, 2009

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..

hunter · December 05, 2009

bravo for making pragmatic school look so sensual...

LGLS · December 04, 2009

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.

kc · December 04, 2009

its a good job for a temporary school

christos · December 04, 2009

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!!!

Arquipablo · December 04, 2009

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

Arquipablo · December 04, 2009

A total simplicity, with a "twist"....great


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