Geert Groote College
|Address||Fred. Roeskestraat 82|
|Office||Anton van Es & partners; SeARCH|
|Commisioner||Stichting Geert Groote College|
|Realized by||1997; 2010|
The Geert Groote College in Fred. Roeskestraat grabs the eye with its unusual design. This ‘free’ secondary school was designed in 1997 by the architectural office Anton van Es & partners. The design deliberately ties in with the principles of ‘free’ school education and so-called organic architecture. It takes account of nature, the needs of people and the building’s function.
The enclosed location left little room for a school playground. A solution was found by adding a stepped playground and by moving the entrance to the street side. This created space for a bicycle storage facility underneath the playground and a more natural connection with the public realm.
The building is supported by two rows of zigzagging columns and an unusual steel structure. There was limited space for a new building between the existing buildings, which called for light and small building sections. The new building was completed in 2014.