Vellesan College | IJmuiden

vellesan college

Expension of the Vellesan College  | IJmuiden |  the Netherlands

The Vellesan College, housed in a monumental building, a local landmark, was in need of a number of extra classrooms. The municipality’s spatial vision was based on upgrading the sports fields located at the rear of the existing building. The position of the extension contributes to this because it faces the sports fields like a new front. This part also contains the new entrance, which is spacious and has a size that corresponds to the size of the ‘new’ school. Together, the old building and the new construction enclose a courtyard that serves as an outdoor extension to the adjoining school cafeteria. The first-floor corridor is located along the courtyard and ends in a bridge that leads to the existing building. Students changing classrooms have a choice of routes, which should prevent congestion. All classrooms are now accessible to the disabled, in part owing to the placement of an elevator. The new building is consisting of a semitransparent skin covering blocks of classrooms. The expansion is light and airy, but at the same time it houses intimate classrooms that help students concentrate.

ProjectExpansion of the Vellesan College, IJmuiden, the Netherlands
ClientDunamare onderwijsgroep Haarlem
Construction ManagementBBN Adviseurs
Design practiceHENK
ArchitectAngela Holterman, Monica Ketting
TeamAngela Holterman, Monica Ketting, Tjeerd Steenhuis
Programme10 classrooms, a canteen and new entrance (total 1,350 m2 gross floor area)
Building costs€ 1,800,000
ContractorLokhorst Bouw en Ontwikkeling
Engineering firmPieters Bouwtechniek
Installation consultantWolf Dikken
Building physicsLBP Sight