Educational Centre Oosterhout Nijmegen is a 2004 project of an educational building center with 8.285 m². Designed by Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur for the City Council of Nijmegen, this building has a long and colorful interior wall which is interesting for students and youth.
This awesome building is shared by a community center, a youth club, art classes, a sports center, a daycare center, and a primary school. The courtyard is the heart of the building where the organizations are clustered around. The building spaces that open to the public are located centrally while the building spaces used during the day can be found in extremities.
Some bright colors are used to mark the various facilities of the building. The sports center and theatre are housed are inside ‘boxes’ on platforms that face the area of the courtyard. There is also an Eternit facade here that continues in the building interior.
The traffic routes and junctions nearby are illuminated by large skylights while the long interior wall subsides to create an unexpected spatial effect like the facade of the undulating entrance. One can reach the entrance through a spacious staircase. In this entrance, the building facade panels curve inward, making the entrance stands out from afar. The construction of the facade consists of steel with Eternit board cladding. All installations in this project are incorporated into the building to maximize the spatial effect.
Educational Centre Oosterhout Nijmegen Gallery
Photography: Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur