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Graafschap College

architectenbureau cepezed
16. October 2018
Photo: Lucas van der Wee

The Graafschap College in  Doetinchem opened a new branch on Sportpark Zuid. Architectenbureau cepezed and cepezedinterieur made the integral design for the modern school building for 700 students in the Sport & Movement and Security & Craftmanship departments.

Project: Graafschap College (Departments Sport & Movement and Security & Professionalism), 2018
Location: Sportweg 3, Doetinchem, Netherlands
Client: Graafschap College
Architect: architectenbureau cepezed
Project Team: Ronald Schleurholts, Jan Houtekamer, Koen van Tienen, Teun Kruip, Ruud van Ginneken, Tibo Hoek
Interiors: cepezedinterieur
Project Team: Det van Oers, Tamara van der Valk
Consultant stability: Aveco de Bondt
Consultant mechanical & electrical installations: Pola Installatietechniek
Consultant construction physics, sustainability, acoustics and fire safety: Aveco de Bondt
Main Contractor: Klaassen Groep
Gross Floor Area: 5,824 m²

Photo: Lucas van der Wee

Sportpark Zuid, where previously a tennis hall was located, is the ideal location for these studies, because they can make use of the sports fields and other facilities, such as a top-level sport hall. The new Graafschap College is one of the first school buildings in the Netherlands that doesn’t use gas.

Photo: Lucas van der Wee

The school building is structured around a large central atrium, where the floor rises stepwise. With its many different seats, the atrium functions as a meeting place and canteen for the students. Large strip windows in the roof of the atrium allow daylight to penetrate deep into the school. On every floor, the atrium is surrounded by a gallery with a balustrade of stainless steel mesh. The galleries provide access to the classrooms, which are situated on the outside walls.

Photo: Lucas van der Wee

On the ground floor there are special functions such as the kitchen, the staff room and a number of interview rooms. Here two external tenants have also been accommodated, with their own entrance. In order to be able to look over the car park from the ground floor, and to give the building the appearance of a pavilion in green surroundings, the school has been elevated by a half-story and placed on a basement. Beside the car park, the height difference is bridged by an elongated, landscaped staircase which also incorporates a ramp. On the eastern end elevation, the basement continues on into a raised schoolyard where the entrance is situated. The school has a lower ground floor running under half of the school with a basement where a naturally ventilated bicycle parking area and the changing rooms and lockers are located.

Photo: Lucas van der Wee

The façades are horizontally articulated, with alternating strips of glass and black aluminium panels. With the exception of the north side, a second skin of Cor-ten steel has been placed in front of the façades, with a design that refers to the oak trees growing around the school. The Cor-ten steel, which also functions as sun shading, is perforated so that there is sufficient sight from the inside looking out.

Photo: Lucas van der Wee

Cepezedinterieur is responsible for the interior design. The identity of both courses of study is recognizable in the look and feel of the building, and is expressed in a harmonious combination of materials, textures and graphic elements. Related to Security & Professionalism, a course that prepares for working in the defence sector, a solid basis has been created with robust materials such as black rubber and end-grain wood for the floors. Accents have been added with, for example, prints and furniture fabrics in neon colors, this time related to Sport & Movement.

Photo: Lucas van der Wee
Photo: Lucas van der Wee
Photo: Lucas van der Wee
Photo: Lucas van der Wee
Drawing: architectenbureau cepezed

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