A NEW HEART & IMAGE
The American School of The Hague is situated on a large campus in Wassenaar. The original school building was built on a tight budget in the 80’s and later extended several times. Being a high profile international school and facing increasing competition from other schools, the image and functioning of the existing main entrance building did not match the current profile and ambitions of the school.
In collaboration with Alrik Koudenburg of Studio A+ we created a new entrance lobby and hospitality area to achieve a warm welcome and a new heart of the school. By demolishing the mostly unused gym, space is made for a new entrance area which becomes the focal point of the school in which parents, students, teachers and staff can meet. All the representative and service functions are relocated to the entrance area: reception desk, admissions office, transportation staff, security, parent/teacher organisation, public relations and IT services are brought together here.