The British School of Amsterdam
Atelier PRO architects
The prison building was designed by W.C. Metzelaar, and realized around 1890. It has a cruciform plan with a panopticon with a large dome at the intersection. The cells were located in three long wings. One of the major interventions was the expansion of the cell wings. With the wedge-shaped extension, the three cell wings were each extended on one long side to create spacious rooms, while on the other side of the wings the cell structure including the corridors and old facades were preserved. These cells were broken through in some places to create larger teaching spaces. The plans did not all fit into the existing building. That’s why a new structure was added. Previously, the British School of Amsterdam was housed in three different locations. The school's wish to have one building in which the three different schools (Early Years, Junior and Senior) came together has been realized with the arrival of this new school building. We turned a desolated prison into an expressive children’s world, where the domain of three separate schools integrate into one.