Maaskant, Van Dommelen, Kroos, Senf
Jan van Poppel
Arie van Rangelrooij
Buildings for education
The square block comprising this arts academy divides into two L-shaped volumes of classrooms enfolding a central open space. The great size of the main hall has been achieved by combining the canteen and the exhibition area. Stairs and galleries enrich the hall with visual incident. Facades are of precast concrete cladding panels with ribbon glazing. Most impressive is the sloping, strongly modulated glass facade on the north side behind which are the studios. Otherwise the language is one of restraint: untreated concrete and concrete block, timber window frames and black floors. The arts academy moved out in 2005; having attained local listed status in 2003, the building was safe from demolition and houses educational facilities after renovation.