mboRijnland offers secondary vocational training and education. The new build location has been designed with flexibility in mind and to facilitate the latest developments in teaching methods. The design reflects the character of the site, whilst strengthening the structure and identity of Leiden’s historical centre.
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 with 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.
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.