Visio Onderwijs Amsterdam
The restoration, of the Catharina Complex (1960), is now complete. Visio Onderwijs Amsterdam, (Koninklijke Visio – Expertiscentrum voor slechtiende en blinde mensen) now occupies the west wing, and central spine of the complex. The school meets the needs of children with limited eye sight.
The first phase of the restoration work in the east wing, and completed 3 years ago, houses the Henricus School. The complex had been blocked over the decades by inappropriate adaptations that separated the two wings. The restoration of both wings is similar in approach in order to re establish the architectural whole. The creation of an enclosed cloister has been used for both schools but the glazing, shading, and safety aspects, etc have been adjusted to the particular needs of the Visio school.
This final phase also reunites the building at the heart of the complex. The Aula, had been hidden by sub divisions and a low false ceiling, but its original blue timber roof structure has been reinstated. The adjacent Foyer is now fully restored and top lit with original glass domed rooflights, Together they now form a centrally located facility that will be shared between the two schools.