Melanchthon College Schiebroek / OIII Architecten

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The new building for the high school replaces a former auditorium, adding a significant amount of learning area.  It smoothly curls between the existing main building and is connected by the atrium, the auditorium and on the upper level the biology, physics and chemistry classes.  Key issues for this task were a healthy indoor climate, inviting architecture and an optimum integration in the green surroundings.  More photographs and drawings following the break.

Architects: OIII Architecten
Location: Rotterdam,
Design: Eric Paardekooper Overman and Emile Revier
Interior Design: Anouk Dekker and Chanthal den Boer
Project Team: Athir Al-Haddad, Michael Hoogland, Drasko Turcinovic, Martin Vinkestijn, and Michel de Vries
Construction: Pieters Building Technology Delft
Building Physics: Builddesk Arnhem
Client: CVO Rotterdam
Project Area: 3,100 sqm
Photographs: Rob ‘t Hart

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The architects describe their design:

There is underfloor heating and a heat pump with the possibility of cooling. Fresh air is preheated and pumped into the building saving energy, and more importantly this technique provides a healthy indoor climate. The broad daylight limits the use of artificial light and provides a pleasant learning atmosphere. The contemporary look that is achieved partly by the bright violet-blue glass facade and slender “golden” frames gives the school a distinctive and welcoming place.

floor plans
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