The existing third-grade school building at Pius X College in Hoboken, is being extended and thoroughly renovated. New classrooms will be provided on the roof floor in a large roof pavilion. The new sculptural, hexagonal shape includes six flexible classrooms where the circulation is organised on the outside so that a minimal footprint is built and the remaining area can become additional, high-quality outdoor space. In this way, we build very compact and economical. Moreover, a lot of green space is added to an urban building.
The canopy that widens in the corners can be used as a multifunctional space (an extension of the classrooms, a covered playground, etc.). From the street view, the topping shows itself as a single legible, elegant and light element situated in a green roof garden. The bay windows in the elevation subtly but not literally refer to the building style of the substructure.
The playground will be redesigned using the existing level difference to create a staircase landscape that can be used as an amphitheatre/tribune for the pupils. The landscape design also enters into dialogue with the old monastery behind it and the historic bridge, which are protected as architectural heritage.