MORE SPACE FOR PROJECT-BASED AND INDIVIDUAL WORKING
Receiving instructions from your teacher in class and then working on assignments individually or in small groups. This is becoming more common in education. Students are challenged to work independently and to participate in projects. That does, however, require something from the physical spaces in which the education takes place. Rob Stöver: "Traditional classrooms are fine for class discussions, but if you want to have the students work in groups you need to accommodate this. Assink Lyceum wanted to realise a number of work/study centres alongside their classrooms. This is where students can work in groups on specific assignments after receiving plenary instructions in a classroom. The teacher walks around and can keep a good overview of the entire area from their sit-stand desk."
INDESTRUCTIBLE, DURABLE MATERIALS
The architects at KeK designed the new work/study centres and specified the required furniture. Gispen was awarded the contract after participating in a tender procedure. Important starting points for the project were sustainable furniture and student-proof materials. Rob: "In education, you often see study areas with coach seat setups. For Assink Lyceum, we made custom coach seats from concrete and multiplex material. Very solid and indestructible. While laughing: "I would be willing to bet that these coach seats will last for at least twenty years. We also added special washable cushions for comfort. Groups of students can also work together at low, round Gispen Kolm tables, surrounded by chairs with seats made from recycled PET bottles. There is a wide variety of seating solutions to choose from. In addition to the train benches and low tables, pupils and staff can sit on long benches or custom-made high tables (1.05 metres) with matching high stools.
It was due to delivery problems with raw materials that not all the furniture could be delivered on time. Gispen installed temporary rental furniture in collaboration with its partner Alvero Kantoormeubelverhuur (office furniture rentals). Rob: "This is a good example of solution-based thinking. We did so continuously in close consultation with Paul Sak, our first point of contact with the Technical Services of the school." Paul: "Due to COVID and the war in Ukraine, we had some bad luck with deliveries. Nonetheless, I look back on a successful implementation of this project, precisely because of how closely we worked together. Rob and I had lots of contact, which was very pleasant."
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE RESULT?
Paul: "The result is fantastic, we are very pleased. The work/study centres add a sense of variety to the environment, thanks to the different pieces of furniture that were chosen. This gives it a fresh and attractive look. We also created a nice ambience with fixed planters. Several partitions have been placed in a playful manner, so that each group has its own place to work together and focus on their task. At the start of the academic year we had an open house for new students, but some former students came to have a look as well. The response we received on our new interior was very positive! Assink Lyceum is ready for the new era of education."
Photography: Chris van Koeverden