IKC ELZENHAGEN-ZUID NEW SCHOOL IN AMSTERDAM NORTH
We have been selected to realise a comprehensive childcare centre, IKC Elzenhagen-Zuid. Our winning design is a powerful form, that stands at three levels. An elevated green, external teaching courtyard can be reached from within the school from generous internal stairs that double as seating for performance.
The district of Elzenhagen-Zuid will soon be a beautiful new urban neighborhood with space for around 2,000 homes. Urban villa-like residential blocks will be realised along the extended Elzenhagen Singel, and in the heart of this district will sit IKC Elzenhagen-Zuid. The area will be as car free as possible and our multi oriented building will address the surrounding dwellings and park-like landscape.
By expanding the main volume in places within the design and making recesses in different facades, it becomes clear, that the building accommodates various functions, while addressing its orientation and the context in which it sits.
With a combination of installation-technical solutions (WKO and PV panels) and a smart building form, the goal is to realize an all-electric, zero-to-metre, new construction. By applying a stable concrete structure and the strategic routing of installation zones, a flexible building is created whose layout can also be adjusted in the future.
The childcare centre will have twenty group rooms, a “moving box” (gymnasium), playroom, a day care centre, early, pre-school, and after school care. There will be a places for the use of the neighbourhood and the possibility to organize exhibitions in collaboration with various museums. The school intends to inspire and connect as it sits in the heart of the emerging new neighbourhood.