Leidsche Rijn,
The Netherlands

Leidsche Rijn is a new town of 80,000 people adjacent to Utrecht. Waterwin is its central park and source of water supply. The site for the Kindercluster is at the corner where the park meets the urban network. Located between street and park, two schools share cultural, preschool, afterschool and sporting facilities.

Area: 6,700 sqm
Completion: 2004

Although each school has a similar programme, individual identity is established by association with site conditions. The Park School is a linear building facing west across the open parkland. The Street School is organised around a courtyard overlooking the town square. Between the brick schools, shared facilities are clustered around a glass forum which provides a route through the building from the street to park.