Our building the Humanistisch Kindcenrum de Wereldboom has been nominated for the Gouden A.A.P. 2020 (Golden Amsterdam Architecture Prize 2020)! This year again ten buildings are competing for the prize for the best Amsterdam building of last year. Unfortunately the presentation of the Golden A.A.P. 2020 will be postponed due to the Coronavirus. More information will be circulated as soon as it is known about the follow up events.

Hans Berger speaks at Architectenweb Partnernetwerk event 4th March 2020

Hans described the particular challenges concerning the extension and renovation of our project – HENRICUS school, which is an Gemeente Monument, which won the Architectenweb Schoolgebouw van het Jaar 2018 ( Schoolbuilding of the Year 2018). 

Architectenweb in partnership with Stichting Mevrouw Meijer organised the partner network event around the renovation of post war school buildings. The venue was the Daltonschool-De Molenwiek in Haarlem by Korth Tielens who, along with Studio Nauta, also spoke about their work.

Feestelijke opening Visio Onderwijs Amsterdam

The festive opening of VISIO school, for visually impaired children, took place on January 17th. This completes our restoration of the school section of the Catherina Complex (1960), originally by the Bosche School architects, Evers and Sarlemijn. The first wing of the restoration (Henricus school) was completed 2 years ago. 

The focal point of the activities was the newly restored foyer area with its huge glass domed rooflights and the generous adjacent hall with its spectacular blue timber roof structure. These areas which sit at the heart of the plan will now be shared between the two schools, that occupy two separate wings of the building.

The event comprised tours, presentations, discussions, workshops and music with a special performance by Bert van den Brink (blinde pianist, docent en componist). Marjolein Moorman, councillor for education (wethouder Onderwijs, Armoede en Inburgering) formally unveiled a new artwork, made by the children, in the restored schoolplein.

Study for a timber laminated Gymnasium

This study creates ancillary spaces around and above the basic sport facilities. This supports maximum use for a school and the surrounding  local community. Angles in the form helps optimise the use of solar panels creating a net zero structure.


We are currently working on the renovation and refurbishment of an Arts and Crafts, Scottish Borders country house for a private client.
The house is GRADE A listed,  dating from 1906, and imitates 16th and 17th century Scottish Castle architecture on a domestic scale.
Retaining many original features, the house is set in beautiful grounds, with various out houses that will also be renovated.

This image is one of two external garden staircases in the extensive gardens.

Short film De Wereldboom

A short film showing our latest school De Wereldboom, shot earlier this year. This Humanist School is the first, net-zero energy, primary school in Amsterdam.

Film made by Rem Berger

Project: De wereldboom humanistisch kindercentrum Amsterdam

Henricus School

Invited guests take a special look around de Henricus

On May 8th a small group of especially invited guests looked around the Henricus, our prize-winning school renovation and extension.

As part of a building study organised by Ecophon, details of the building’s design and treatment were put in the context of its history.

The presentation and discussion were wide ranging, from acoustic treatments (Ecophon), to new educational visions (Stichting KBA), to maximising the building fabric efficiency and providing a school for the future in a listed building (Berger Barnett Architects).  Everything was rounded off with guided tours of the building that illustrated clearly why the school won its nominations and special Award last year. 

Project: Henricus School

Berger Barnett wins European Tender IKC Elzenhagen-Zuid

Berger Barnett Architecten has been selected to design the integrated educational centre –  IKC Elzenhagen-Zuid – in Amsterdam Noord.

It will be a diverse building incorporating a new gymnasium concept in the form of a ‘moving box’ (beweegbox) along with a complete childcare centre and pre- and after school clubs.

IKC Elzenhagen-Zuid sits in the heart of the emerging neighbourhood of Elzenhagen-Zuid.  As an important facility in this new thriving social setting, it will become a place to learn and meet for the local community. The building will also provide spaces for organized exhibitions in collaboration city museums and libraries.

The building will be designed to satisfy the requirements for a zero-emission building. Construction will begin in April 2020, delivery by mid-2021.

Project:IKC Elzenhagen-Zuid

De Wereldboom Humanistisch Kindcentrum

March 8th Opening of the de wereldboom school

A wonderful opening event took place on March 8th of our new Huministisch Kindcentrum attended by children, parents, friends and families. Marjolein Moorman (wethouder – Onderwijs,armoede en inburgering) and the children formally announced the name of the school to be De Wereldboom with a beautiful logo, based on the shape of the building. The celebration also included tours of the building.


De Henricus bekroond als Schoolgebouw van het Jaar 2018
Yes! Top prize for our extension and renovation of the listed Evers and Sarlemijn building (1953) in Amsterdam Nieuw West. Big thank you to all involved, the wonderful Berger Barnett Crew and especially projectarchitect Lard Joordens.