The prefab buildings in which the classrooms were housed no longer met contemporary standards and were also physically outdated. It was decided to demolish the school and build a whole new school: a primary school and a kindergarten that are connected. In 2014, the first phase, the primary school, was delivered by architecture firm Joris Gijsenberg. The concept plan opted for a central circulation area with limited external walls.
The board wanted to illuminate the circulation area in a sustainable way. The architect chose to use Solatube daylight systems combined with controlled artificial lighting. Bringing daylight in through the deep construction from the roof down to a lowered ceiling was a challenge, however Solatubes are the ideal solution for this. The resulting daylight reduces energy costs and provides a healthy indoor climate for young students which promotes the ability to concentrate and therefore improves student productivity.
The Solatubes give us a lot of pleasant light, I think this is great. It is a nice ecological solution for our school.