The Frog, Amsterdam
Two primary schools, a day-care centre and an area health authority share a new, green complex: a Community School. The goal is to encourage
interaction between the groups. The design allows each individual part of the building to function at its
best. Each classroom, for example, has a ‘block’ containing a cloakroom, toilets, kitchen, (computer) work stations and a mezzanine. The whole complex surrounds two inner ‘courtyards’ in the form of a communal assembly hall and winter garden. This forms the basis for the placing of two playgrounds. One, for the youngest children, is safely fenced off, the other, for the older and local children has a large platform. Each age group and school has its own entrance. The whole supporting section of the building is made of wood, making it light in terms of weight as well as in its overall effect. Wood is also a tactile, soft, colourful and varied material, and this makes the whole building much more welcoming.
Architect: Liesbeth van der Pol
Team: M. Fredriks, G. Trevetin, A. Mashiach
Year: 2005 - 2012
Client: Stadsdeel Osdorp, Amsterdam