The project for the NHL concerned the renovation (21.500 m2) of the building designed by Abe Bonnema in 1984 with the addition of a new construction part (20.500 m2) of almost the same size. The old premises underwent an extreme make-over, and around it an architectural tour-de-force was created in the form of a ‘glass ring’ of two floors.

The design for the new construction is characterised by the education of the future. The emphasis lays more on the student (individual education) and less on the old-fashioned form of education in class. There is more room for consultations and for working independently and on a project basis. Flexibility plays the main role in this new building.

The NHL has various faculties: healthcare & well-being, technique, economy & management, and teacher training. Each faculty is grouped around an open and partially enclosed green area and constitutes a route through both the old and the new building. Raising the ring saw to it that the environment became one with the complex. Because of this the existing building has remained visible from various viewpoints.

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Installations, Flexibility & Sustainability

The sustainable design could only be realised by integrally elaborating the building design, whereby architect, constructor, construction physician, and Valstar Simonis collaborated closely, both with each other and with the client. From the side of the NHL own expertise was added, supported by the teachers and students of the former HTS (higher technical school) included in the NHL. By means of a debit regulation on the ventilation and CO2 measurement in combination with floor heating, a climate system emerged that performs considerably better than the requirements from the Dutch Buildings Decree.

As sustainable elements, the following particulars were included:

  • Debit regulation ventilation based on CO2 regulation;
  • Floor heating and floor cooling;
  • Heat pumps in combination with WKO and four seasons regulation;
  • Energy-saving lighting systems with presence detection and daylight regulation;
  • Low temperature heating and high temperature cooling;
  • Applying solar energy with PV panels up to 250 KW has been prepared for.

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