Visio School – the second phase of our restoration of the Catherina Complex has just been published. This project completes our restoration of the Complex. The first section is occupied by the Henricus School. The Visio School is for a wider age range of pupils who have limited eye sight. This final phase also completes the centrally located hall and spectacular foyer (shown here) that will be shared by both schools.

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Berger Barnett Architecten wins architectural selection for 120 new homes in Amsterdam New West

At the roundabout of the Burgemeester de Vlugtlaan in Amsterdam New West, 3 housing blocks with 72 apartments dating from 1954 mark the west entrance to the district.

Research has shown that the existing homes are technically and functionally no longer fit for purpose, and Eigen Haard Housing Association wants to replace these iconic blocks with new buildings that meets modern standards.  New construction also gives the opportunity to add extra homes to the location and thereby make a contribution to the housing task of the city.

Berger Barnett will further develop the design with a sensitivity to the original urban plan and district.

The School of Tomorrow

De Wereldboom, which is currently nominated for the Amsterdam Architecture Prize ( AAP) 2020,  will be featured in the book  “Samenwerken aan de School van Morgen ‘ (Working Together on the School of Tomorrow). This photo shows part of the library which uses space under the tribune.  The book will also feature our other award winning school –  Henricus in Amsterdam Nieuwe West.  The book is available from 25th June, you can order it here.

The announcement of the AAP prize winner has been delayed by the Covid Crisis but the process of assessment is beginning to start up again and a winner will be announced soon.


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