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ID College and ROC Leiden offer secondary vocational training and education. The new build location in the historic city centre of Leiden accommodates the vocational education for students in healthcare. The complexity and historical nature of the inner city site required a thorough analysis in order to developed a design vision which reconciled these aspects within the brief. The integrated approach in which architecture, urban planning, landscape, interior design and engineering converge results in a unique design.
The design reflects the character of the site, whilst strengthening the structure and identity of Leiden’s historical centre. The new building for ID College and ROC Leiden has a modest appearance, befitting its context. Varying volumes and functions are unified behind a coherent brick facade. The former post office building has been integrated into the new facility and remains recognisable as an independent building. The various departments are connected by alleys and three courtyards, each with their own unique identity. There is a courtyard for the teaching staff, one for the students and a public courtyard in the form of an atrium.
▽建筑外观低调，和环境融为一体，the building has a modest appearance
▽砖立面后为多变的体块，various volumes behind the brick facade
The new building is part of the economic and social fabric of the city of Leiden. A central alley runs through the complex, connecting the Breestraat to Boommarkt and passing through the atrium. During school hours, this alley is publicly accessible. The transparent facades allow passers-by to view practice rooms and other public functions from the street and the atrium. This orientation of views from public to private provides a safe atmosphere for the students and staff.
▽一层平面图，中央巷道连接两侧街道和中庭，ground floor plan, showing that the central alley connects the streets and the atrium
▽从巷道可以看到室内公共空间，the interior public space could be seen from the alley
The ID College facilities are designed with flexibility in mind and facilitate the latest developments in teaching methods. The building has been arranged to anticipate new forms of education and changing needs for space and layouts. The multifunctional layout can accommodate different individual and collective uses and includes workspaces for data collection, group work spaces, and common rooms for social interaction.
▽公共与私密的学习空间，study rooms both for group and individual
▽教室里使用最先进的设施，latest education equipments are used in teaching
▽二层平面图，first floor plan
▽三层和四层平面图，second floor and third floor plan