Renovation of Berlage Lyceum has started
The Berlage Lyceum is housed in a complex with two mirrored symmetrical school buildings from the 1920s, which provides a classic example of the Amsterdam School and is part of Berlage's Plan Zuid; the complex was originally designed by municipal architect A.J. Westermann, with murals by Peter Alma and Sjoerd Sjollema and sculptures by Hildo Krop. A listed monument, which however has suffered from use over the years. Therefore, since 2020 atelier PRO has been working on the design of the renovation and refurbishment of both buildings. Last week we reached a new milestone: construction has officially started.
“Enhance the good things we have and surprise us with the things we don't have"
The Berlage Lyceum is so-called a Unesco-school, offering bilingual education for students at mavo, havo and vwo-level. An innovative future-oriented educational concept like this requires a fitting, sustainable building. Due to the monumental status and unique character of the complex, this presented us with a challenge. Atelier PRO chose to restore the double school building to all its former glory. Respectful interventions make for a new, modern learning environment: special teaching and study areas will be created, and the air quality and acoustics will be improved to meet the requirements of Frisse Scholen B. The interior will have a fitting but contemporary look and feel, so that the Berlage Lyceum will be housed in a building that is once again in line with their educational vision. A school with a rich history, which will soon be equipped for the next generation.