studio paulien bremmer in collaboration with hootsmans architects have extended the existing educational facilities of the gerrit rietveld academy and the sandberg institute in amsterdam by adding a new building to the two existing volumes. designed as part of a bigger whole, the addition allows for collective functions to be installed on the ground floor and divided evenly among the different buildings, while a series of about ten interior or exterior ‘free spaces’, which do not belong to any department, have no regulations governing their use, and can be reserved by anyone for a certain time, are spread throughout the entire plot.all images by johannes schwartz and jeroen verrecht
the new building has been developed upon the gerrit rietveld academy and the sandberg institute’s desire to have all their educational activities under one roof, as well as a new educational direction, and the lack of space in their current location in amsterdam. studio paulien bremmer and hootsmans architects have developed the extension not as a freestanding structure, but as an addition to the two existing volumes, to ensure that as far as possible, the new building will be used in an integrated way.
the building’s ground floor has been reorganized to include more public and collective spaces, where students and teachers from the different departments, as well as the bachelor’s and master’s programs, can meet to discuss, display and make work, and exchange ideas. additionally, about ten ‘project spaces’ that have no particular use and do not belong to any department are spread throughout the plot in different kinds and sizes.
the architects have defined the edge of the site as the boundary of the building, transforming the outdoor space in between building volumes into a part of the collective interior; a place to work, meet, relax and exchange ideas. extra outdoor space is provided on roof of the building, which can be used as a free outside working space strong enough to carry temporary constructions, works and installations.
paulien bremmer and hootsmans have designed the entire eastern façade of the assembly hall on the ground floor to be able to be slid open, creating an opportunity for the outdoor space to be added to the hall as extended work space. next to the assembly hall, workshops for wood and cad cam are located, while the first floor is one big four-meter-high space, to be used by the sandberg institute, which can be subdivided into workspaces of different sizes. enclosing the film studio, the assembly stair, the library, and the computer space, the spacious basement becomes part of the ground floor through light, sight, and broad stairs, resulting in one big collective landscape.
name: gerrit rietveld academy and sandberg institute
project architect: paulien bremmer
location: amsterdam, the netherlands
client: stichting gerrit rietveld academie
program: 3500m2 education + workshops + interior, 2500m2 terrain, limited relocation of program in 14.000m2 existing building volume
competition + sketch design: fedlev led by paulien bremmer
team: paulien bremmer with maze de boer, luca carboni, sandra stanionite
collaborators: marjan van herpen, joost huyzer, akira negishi, jan willem petersen, luuc sonke, victor verhagen, stephanie willocx
preliminary design – delivery: fedlev led by paulien bremmer in collaboration with hootsmans architectuurbureau
paulien bremmer team: marjan van herpen, joost huyzer, anne dessing, victor van hooff, alexander lefebvre, anastasia pandilovska, milan rikhof, luuc sonke, vincka struben, claudia temperelli
hootsmans architects team: rob hootsmans, daan petri, carlota alvarado, remco bruggink, rené bos, elke demyttenaere, pier helder, victor van hooff, jeroen kreijne, erik van noord,
outside furniture: chris bakker + anne nevandrup
interior sandberg: studio anne dessing
ceramic wall-tiles: caro de jonge
interior library: nils norman icw paulien bremmer | fedlev + hootsmans architectuurbureau
curtain auditorium: anastasia starostenko
project leader sub-projects: femke bijlsma
contractor: bouwbedrijf de nijs
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