Montessori school

In 1933 architect Van Tijen is commissioned to design a school building for the ‘Montessori’ school, near the famous Openluchtschool (open air school) by architect Duiker he much admires.

The building features a lot of openness, due to large glass facades. A large basement with handicraft classroom, with two classroom floors and balconies for ‘open air lessons’ on top of it, and a large rooftop terrace with a greenhouse for biology lessons.

Next to the main building is a playground with a gymnastics hall at the end. The building is constructed as a concrete structure with masonry facade and stucco finish, and has a remarkable appearance. Van Tijen thought of it as a very cheerful building for children.

Location Amsterdam
Willem van Tijen architect founder