Brede School Aarle-Rixtel, Laarbeek - Holland
schoolbuilding is a special building in a little village, because
almost all the inhabitants have spent an important part of their life
means that, as an architect, you can give children something for the
rest of their lives, because everbody remembers his or hers old
schoolbuilding. “The building as an adventure” was therefor the starting
point of the design.
The Brede School is located in the heart
of Aarle-Rixtel in the south of Holland. A fundamental part for the plan
were the site-specific qualities like the many old trees and the
the use of challenging form, we have chosen not to use obvious
materials. Often raw, sometimes smooth, mostly unfinished and visibly
attached the form a unity that does not leave people untouched.
brickwork of the existing gymastics hall and the entire new
schoolbuilding are finished in the same manner, with a thin film of
mortar, called slempwerk. By using this kind of tradional local craft,
the buildings form a coherent unity with an appearance like they've been
there for years.
A Brede School has different users. “Together
under one roof” was the basic thought for the lay-out of the total plan.
We have chosen a distinctive building with a small-scale charisma,
where within the context of the entire building, all users can express
main structure is based on a recurring building block of 50m2, which is
connected for each independent user in a different way. This circuit
determines its own identity, but because of the modular design,
compatibility is garanteed in the future and growth and shrinkage can be
The implementation of different angels of inclination into
the slanted roofs, is a result of a maximum of spaciousness and
Source: Press release: architecten|en|en
Images: BASE Photography