Thanks to an innovative educational concept, the Alan Turingschool won the Amsterdam school competition. In the fall of 2016, the school started in the existing building of the former Poolschool in Amsterdam. They asked VanOmmeren-Architecten to create a plan to transform the building of the school in such way that it will connect to the educational concept. Although at first sight, the building doesn’t fit the requirements and desires of today, the main architectural design actually has a high quality. Through a limited number of interventions, the school can become an energy-neutral building and the usage can be more efficient and provide space to the needs of teacher and child.
Three interventions in the main architectural design are necessary to connect the building to the current use. 1 The entrances are shifted to the playground side of the building. Thereby the safety, interaction and social control is enhanced. 2 The (later) added classrooms at the front of the educational wings are cleared to make room for special (class)rooms like spaces for theatre and food education. In the design, one has to take account of the increase the amount of daylight in the main hall. 3 De typical round corbels appear to be unfitting in the use of space have a negative impact on the indoor climate. Therefore, these will be changed into rectangular corbels.
All of the facades will be insulated on the outside and cladded with stucco or vertical wooden boards. Also, PV-panels and green roofs (which is a great water buffer) are placed with high insulation capacity. The new corbels and the new ventilation system ensure a fresh and healthy indoor climate. The combination of these interventions results in an energy-neutral building with a high level of comfort. There will also be a wild flower roof, on which beehives are placed.
space for interaction
One of the core values of the Alan Turingschool-concept is the interaction between teacher, child and parent/guardian. In the redesign, this will be highly facilitated in the form of communal spaces, play facilities and waiting space – indoors as well as outdoors.
Space for special activities
On every scale level there is room for special activities in the Alan Turingschool. This could concern for example a self-made vehicle or an exhibition room. At the moment, we propose to add an outdoor platform for performances and a greenhouse for food education and biology. In the coming time we will discuss this with the teachers, parents and children in order to make a definite proposal for this.