EVA architecten forms flowing curved shapes for primary school in utrecht

EVA architecten forms flowing curved shapes for primary school in utrecht

De Boemerang primary school stands in Ondiep

 

Utrecht-based practice EVA architecten designs De Boemerang primary school in Ondiep, a working-class neighborhood predominantly paved with little greenery. The project breathes new life into the landscape and introduces vibrant green spaces while preserving the area’s two monumental trees and creating a more inviting square. The district follows an orthogonal layout, dominated by residential buildings. Positioned at the end of a residential block, the school’s front facade seamlessly integrates into the surrounding brick architecture and orthogonal design language. To foster a connection with the neighborhood, the building is set back from the sidewalk, creating a lush green forecourt. Expansive windows with deep recesses invite ample natural light into the interiors and provide pockets for flourishing greenery, blurring the boundary between inside and out.

 

The layout arranges a square at the rear of the school, designed to preserve the two significant trees that are the neighborhood’s sole providers of scarce shade. The school’s rear section develops around the plantation, with the building forming modest volumes that gradually expand. In contrast to the more public front facade, the rear part showcases a soft design language, characterized by flowing shapes and wooden cladding. This architectural approach creates a welcoming square considering the human scale, where the facade naturally delineates distinct areas. Designer Buro Beuk contributes to the project by taking over the landscape design.

EVA architecten forms flowing curved shapes for primary school in utrecht
all images by Sebastian van Damme

 

 

EVA architecten develops a system of widened corridors

 

At the heart of De Boemerang school stands the Boemerang café, a vibrant hub that serves as the entry point, hosting space for several activities for both the students and the area’s residents. Adjacent to the café, the playroom seamlessly connects, facilitated by a large glass wall that can be folded away to accommodate larger gatherings. From the café, one can easily navigate to the classrooms. A generously proportioned void aids orientation, offering clear sightlines to all zones and guiding users towards well-illuminated corridors that lead to each classroom. The widened corridors also shape dedicated concentration workplaces. Internally, the design team opts for a modest aesthetic, employing wood and a subtle color palette to create a serene environment conducive to learning.

EVA architecten forms flowing curved shapes for primary school in utrecht
the undulating facade naturally delineates distinct areas

EVA architecten forms flowing curved shapes for primary school in utrecht
the rear part showcases flowing shapes and wooden cladding

EVA architecten forms flowing curved shapes for primary school in utrecht
the school’s front facade integrates into the surrounding orthogonal brick architecture

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the building forms modest volumes that gradually expand

EVA architecten forms flowing curved shapes for primary school in utrecht
the playroom connects with the lounge through a large glass wall that can be folded away

EVA architecten forms flowing curved shapes for primary school in utrecht
a generously proportioned void aids orientation, offering clear sightlines to all zones

EVA architecten forms flowing curved shapes for primary school in utrecht
well-illuminated corridors lead to each classroom

 

 

project info:

 

name: De Boemerang primary school – Business in the front, party in the back

architecture: EVA architecten

design team: Jeroen Baars, Jeroen Makkink, Daniël Biesheuvel, Maarten Terberg

location: Utrecht, the Netherlands

photography: Sebastian van Damme | @svd_fotografie

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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