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Metzo College, Doetinchem, Netherlands

Wednesday 24 Jan 2007
 

Versatile education

 
 
 
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Compact design maximises flexibility and enables efficient use of space. 

Metzo College has been awarded with the Dutch "Scholenbouwprijs 2006" on 25th January 2007. Biannually, the award honours the best new school building in the country. Erick van Egeraat's design for the Metzo College facilitates the school's innovative approach to vocational education. The complex is characterised by its pyramid shape and hanging roof garden in the central void. The roof garden offers a domain for quiet retreat and reflection. In contrast, the patio below the garden is an arena for bustling interaction, allowing everyone to see and to be seen. Together, the patio and the roof garden form the social heart of the building. A partition-free layout with few walls reflects the school's philosophy of openness and transparency. Most rooms are multifunctional and can be 'redefined' according to meet all current needs. The design of the building allows the school to correspond with the public in different ways. Its compact shape and earthly fa├žade make it a discreet landmark that smoothly blends in the surrounding green space. Its versatility and openness make the building a valuable addition to the community of Doetinchem. Metzo College has a gross floor area of 16.400 m2 and is home to 800 pupils and 100 teachers.

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Erick van Egeraat
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