Corlaer

Corlaer

Architect
Broekbakema
Location
Nijkerk, Netherlands | View Map
Project Year
2006
Category
Primary Schools
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New School Concept Inspires to Study

Broekbakema as Architects

Corlaer 2 is a school for general secondary and pre-university education in Nijkerk. Small-scale, identifiable, safety, teamwork, integration of teaching domains and learning by means of learning are distinguishing marks of the concept.


Inside the characteristic knowledge canyon at the centre of the Corlaer 2 College bridges and a central staircase smoothly connect the split-level floors to each other. The ideal base for a progressive independent study centre concept based on the idea of the open plan office. Work spaces for working in teams are linked to individual and joint silent rooms which are crossed by relaxation isles. To learn from and with each other in an inspiring environment in which for individual differences in learning (extrovert / introvert) a place inside the building will be reserved.


The programme is based on a modern education concept in which teaching domains consist of a small number of traditional classrooms and a series of study spaces for more or less individual education. It is expected that the Corlaer 2 College will house 800 pupils in the future. Therefore the central services such as auditorium, ckv-drawing, music education and binas / toa are ready for these numbers. A possible extension will then only concern classrooms and individual study rooms.


The split-levels inside the building strongly support the desired teaching methods and education concept. Teams can easily be enlarged or scaled down. The floors no longer form an obstacle because education domains simply run through the entire building; from floor 1 to floor 4.


The façades are a statement against austerity and evenness. The playful division is a translation to the new education concept. It is based on the idea to utilise the differences between pupils which would yield more motivated pupils with higher results.

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