St. Michaëlschool

The St. Michaël School is a ’villa in the green’ located in the neighbourhood of Hillegersberg in Rotterdam. The concept refers not only to the white stuccoed exterior of the school, but also to the homely, well-ordered inner world. Despite the fact that it houses a large primary school with 550 pupils, the building does not feel big thanks to its star shape with three wings, and it fits in well with the child’s perception. The corridors between the classrooms are extra wide, so that the children can also work outside here too. The spacious playroom can be linked to the auditorium thanks to the glass folding wall.

Technology and architecture are optimally integrated. Skylights bring daylight deep into the building, PV cells provide the school with solar energy, roof overhangs and canopies limit heat in the summer and a heat-cold storage (ATES) system provides the entire school with winter heating and summer cooling via the underfloor heating system. The most innovative solution is the efficient and economical decentralised ventilation system, which has the additional advantage of avoiding large air ducts – allowing the ceilings to reach a lofty 3.2 metres.

Michaelschool, Hillegersberg, Rotterdam, de Zwarte Hond architecten, ©2014

Thanks to small niches, the large space can also be used on a small scale

details

Project
St. Michaëlschool
Location
Rotterdam, NL
Size
3.007 m²
Period
2011-2014
Client
RVKO
Discipline
Architecture
Program
Education
Status
Completed
Photography
Scagliola & Brakkee, JL Marshall
More info
bd@dezwartehond.nl