The building was constructed in phases, with a section of it being moved on the site. Architect Floris Hund explains why: ‘In 2014, there was an urgent need for a new school in the Zuidas. The only suitable location, between De Boelelaan and Antonio Vivaldistraat, wouldn’t be available until 2015. A phased build and the subsequent move of a section of the building was cheaper than temporary accommodation. But the main reason for a phased build was that this way, the children immediately got a really good building.’
The first phase was built behind an existing sports hall. After the existing structures, including the sports hall, were demolished, the second phase was completed. The first section of the building was then moved 30 metres and almost seamlessly linked to the second. Both sections of the building consist largely of prefab components and were constructed within a very short time on site. ‘If the number of children continues to grow as expected, an extra level will be added to the lower section of the building mid-2017,’ hopes Peer Glandorff, who co-designed the school with Hund.