VMBO Maris Kijkduin

The Hague

VMBO Maris Kijkduin

The Hague

In this school (LWOO with gym) the theoretical and practical classrooms are the main volumes of the design stacked on top of each other like a Jenga puzzle. In this way the most important parts of the program are integrated functionally and spatially. At the same time this organization defines the character of the exterior. Inside and outside become one.

The brief of the client stated:

  1. make an attractive and sunny enclosed outdoor space to keep the pupils close to the school without wandering around in the neighborhood
  2. create a small-scale atmosphere in the interior with overview and transparency
  3. create a school without corridors
  4. create a good air quality and heating/cooling comfort according to Frisse Scholen klasse B


The building is open and light using the auditorium and the Open Learning Center as the heart of the school. A big step of stairs (also to be  used as a stand) accompanies you towards the main entrance on the first floor. By putting all communal spaces on this first level a lot of spatial cohesion is achieved. Voids between the different levels let you see through the whole school in one glance.



VMBO Maris College Kijkduin
Landrestraat 150
2551 CA Den Haag


Client: Stichting VO Haaglanden, Den Haag
Program: VMBO (LWOO) preparatory secondary vocational education
Design team: Winfried van Zeeland & Jaap van Es (together with Gert-Jan Masmeijer van Van den Berg Kruisheer Elffers Architecten Rotterdam)
Completion: 2016
Contractor: Huurman, Leiden
Construction costs: €3.422.880,= excl. BTW
Site: Landrestraat, Den Haag
GFA: 2.781m2 BVO
Photography: René de Wit

The school is situated between two distinct urban morphologies. The big scale ‘Chinese Wall’ (long-shaped housing block at the end of the Laan van Meerdervoort in The Hague) on the one hand and an open block structure on the other. The School marks the overlap of different directions in the site. It is positioned in such a way that two comfortable  triangular spaces are created between school and existing houses. The main entrance of the school is orientated towards the south to create as much space for the gym on the north side and a sunny playground on the south side.

A sustainable Building
A comfortable indoor climate and a favorable operation of the school is reach by means of:

  1. Compact an robust materialisation
  2. High insulation of ground floor, facade and roof
  3. External sun shades
  4. CO2 controlled balanced ventilation system  with high efficiency heat recovery unit
  5. Acoustic cladding of ceilings and walls


M.C. Escher
The new building incorporates mosaic tiles design by M.C. Escher (1898-1972) cladded onto three new columns. The tiles originally stem from the old school building (Johanna Westermanschool) at the Jan Willem Frisolaan. The columns were reused in the new school building.