Calvijn Groene Hart Comprehensive School, Barendrecht Building, Netherlands Education Project Design

Calvijn Groene Hart School

Education Building in Barendrecht, The Netherlands – design by Mecanoo, Architects

4 Jul 2012

Calvijn Christian Comprehensive School

Calvijn Groene Hart comprehensive school

Design: Mecanoo architecten

Netherlands Education Building

Delft, 4 July, 2012 – Calvijn Groene Hart comprehensive school celebrates topping out

On Monday 2 July 2012 the new building of the Calvijn Christian comprehensive school in Barendrecht, designed by Mecanoo architects, celebrated its topping out. The 9,000 square-metre Calvijn Groene Hart site offers all forms of secondary-school education for roughly 1,250 pupils. The school building will come into use at the beginning of 2013.

Calvijn Groene Hart Calvijn Groene Hart school
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The green campus of Calvijn Groene Hart, with sports pitches, school yards and green areas, is located on the south edge of Barendrecht with a view across the Zuidpolder. With plenty of glass and unusual brickwork, the atmosphere of the school is welcoming. Two striking features of the building are the rounded corners of the three wings and the playful composition of large and small windows with here and there an elongated window.

The wings combine to form a triangular central area with staggered light wells and overhead daylight. Inside the school the wood walls and frames make for a warm atmosphere. The central hall stands out with its orange colour, forming a landmark for all five staff teams. Every team has their own ‘living room’ in one of the wings, where pupils can work on assignments and study together in keeping with the Calvijn educational philosophy.

Calvijn Groene Hart School Architects – Mecanoo architecten

Mecanoo architects is a firm for architecture, urban development, and landscape and interior design that operates internationally and which is headed by architect and creative director Francine Houben and technical director Aart Fransen. They are joined by partners Francesco Veenstra, Ellen van der Wal and Paul Ketelaars.

The Dutch architecture firm has designed a good number of schools, including the Sterrencollege in Haarlem (2011) and the Da Vinci College in Dordrecht (2007). In autumn 2012 Amsterdam University College and Fontys Sports School in Eindhoven will come into use. At present Mecanoo is also working on KIEM (previously Onze Droomschool) in Dordrecht, the Brede School [community school] in Mill, the Luc Stevensschool and Anne Frankschool in Utrecht and ROC Noorderpoort in Stadskanaal.

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