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Centraal College, Leiden, Netherlands

Wednesday 04 Mar 2009

A new vision of education

RAU, Amsterdam 
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Easy to reach, scaled to human dimensions, and literally transparant 

Lammenschans: the triangle between the Leiden-Utrecht rail line (‘RijnGouwelijn’), the Rijn-Schiekanaal and Lammenschansweg (near the A4 motorway). An entrance to Leiden’s eastern flank with potential.

The CCL, offers professional education to thousands of students in hundreds of programmes and dozens of buildings. Centraal College will add to the concept of ‘Innovative learning’: “Learning at an open, enterprising and socially involved institution where the individual career takes priority”. This innovation takes shape in conjunction with the building.

The new CCL stacks traffic flows and functionalities in one airy, meandering building on what was previously an unused car park belonging to the institution. In one fell swoop the neighbouring residential area is spared excessive noise and shade nuisance, and moving stress and property costs were kept to a minimum.

A surprisingly-designed city of learning where every type of education becomes visible.

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