The Praktijkcollege (HPC) Zuidwijk provides practical education for students aged 12 to 18 years old, ‘who learn better from practice, than just from a book’. Commissioned by the City of Rotterdam, De Zwarte Hond designed a rugged and recognisable building that matches the character of the environment.
In the interior, the beautiful spaces for practical education are the centre of attention. These spaces lie like transparent boxes around the central heart. From the circulation elements on the first floor, there are views of practical education everywhere. The central heart ensures that everyone can orient themselves easily. It also makes the building highly flexible and easily adaptable. The deep recesses on the outside give the building a sculptural quality. The glass in the roof faces north, which keeps the building cool in summer. There are also solar cells on the roof.
The school also creates a connection with the neighbourhood. Local residents are invited to use the restaurant and the bicycle repair shop.