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Brief Published: 13 Feb 2012

Flexible Learning Space, Amsterdam


A double-Dutch creative pairing of interior design studio Ateliers and architects Liag has resulted in a highly unusual education space – the IJberg College in Amsterdam. The design has entirely done away with conventional classroom furniture in a bid to establish a more flexible layout.

Reflecting the college’s manifesto of openness, acceptance and independent learning, classrooms and communal areas have been furnished with modular items that allow the spaces to be easily reconfigured. The cafeteria, for example, can be transformed into a theatre by switching benches for a stage.

Open spaces are decorated in white, while classrooms come all in black – creating a distinct contrast between areas. Wooden huts positioned within open areas provide clearly visible, yet still inherently private, offices for teachers. These sit adjacent to spaces where students can relax and study independently.