Schools we Like – Expansion of the American School of the Hague

image2Daylight!

There’s lots to like with this school addition by Kraaijvanger architects – its simple geometric forms, sensitivity to its site constraints, and the open, connected  layout.  Our JUST ONE THING for this school, however, is its approach to daylighting. Here in the northwest, we have considerably fewer annual hours of sun than most of the rest of U.S. I was surprised to learn that the Netherlands actually has even fewer hours than we do (25% less). It’s appropriate, then, for this school to open its walls and roofs to extensive glazing that floods the interior with whatever daylight is available. (We also note that the sun is shining in all the photographs of the building, something we know by experience here in the northwest can take several rescheduled photo-shoots to accomplish.)

And as a bonus, this school has one of the coolest slides around!image1

Here at archdaily: Expansion of the American School of the Hague

One response to “Schools we Like – Expansion of the American School of the Hague

  1. I like looking at the Netherland schools because they have a very similar climate with a lot of grey days- as well as a more communal sense of their culture which gets represented in their innovative school designs

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