DALTON SCHOOL, AMSTERDAM-WEST
NEW TYPOLOGY | INTELLIGENT INTENSIFICATION | DENSITY | SPATIAL CONTINUITY | MA-SSA MEANINGFUL EMPTINESS
The Dalton School Horizon is located in Dukaat, a 400-metre-long complex located on the Pieter Callandlaan, the main axis through the housing district of De Aker in Amsterdam-Osdorp. Dukaat is also a Tangram design. With more than 550 pupils and 24 classrooms, Horizon is one of the biggest primary schools in Amsterdam. The two-level block forms a smooth transition from the large complex of amenities to the neighbourhood behind.
Containing various entrances, the complex is broken down into a number of volumes to create a comprehensible and recognizable scale. Two of these volumes each contain twelve classrooms, arranged on two levels.
The classrooms are separated by a central learning space around a void, resulting in smal
l-scale spatial units that offer a sense of comfort and security that harmonizes with the world of children. Horizontal and vertical connections between the spaces of the school enhance the sense of liveliness inside the complex. A long, centrally positioned corridor connects the two blocks with the other central functions and forms the backbone lined with spaces.
Outside school hours, a number of multipurpose spaces inside the building can be used by neighbourhood groups. The gymnasium, for example, is available for sports clubs or theatre companies, and the conference and management spaces can be rented to outside parties. With the future in mind, various spaces are designed in such a way that they can change function.