VIIO Tongeren, Belgium

This large secondary school campus is located 90km east of Brussels. The new development comprises a new classroom building, a technology centre and a sports hall.

The 3 storey classroom building is located to one side of the main playground at the front of the campus, providing a greater sense of enclosure and creating a new point of arrival. With a total area of 2000 m², the building includes a reception, an open learning centre, laboratories and classrooms, along with offices for administration.

To the rear of the campus, the new sports hall is sunken into the site to minimise impact on the surroundings. The technology centre steps down along the street in two volumes to accommodate the level differences across the site. With a combined area of 4500m², accommodation includes workshops for metal and woodwork, mechanical and electrical engineering, sports and changing facilities. The three volumes are arranged around a central orientation and circulation space and provide entrances at street and playground levels.

The gymnasium is designed as a sports, recreation and assembly venue for the school and the city of Hasselt. Access and circulation is designed so that the building can be accessed from the school via the link corridor below the existing podium, while a set back courtyard on the street provides a welcoming entrance for public use.

Additional playground areas and free-standing canopies are also provided.

Category Education & Research
Client AG Real Estate / Scholen van Morgen
Services Lead Consultancy and Full Architectural Design Service
Joint venture with eld NV – Antwerp – Belgium
Value €8.4 m
Status Completion 2016