Sweet taste of learning success at Niekee School
It’s not just the students who are bright in Roermond, Netherlands. This school goes straight to the top of the class for this dazzling display of colour.
The unique exterior of the Niekee School for Education is the design of Haag architects LIAG. Inspired by many different colours, the challenge was to bring their colourful creation to life, yet whilst still ensuring the necessary durability and sustainability of the building for students and local businesses to enjoy in years to come.
This school goes straight to the top of the class
To make this sweet dream a reality, all 27 colours of the range of pre-finished steel were used. Not only does the range have the required rainbow of shades, thanks to a revolutionary coating system each sheet offers outstanding colour stability and gloss retention, ensuring it stays as vibrant and true as the day it was manufactured.
This building really stands out
And because of the unrivalled corrosive resistance of the Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® range, the exterior will remain vibrant for longer, all backed up by Colorcoat’s unique 40-year Confidex® guarantee. There’s also the reassurance of environmental impact. The exterior of the school may be a spectrum of colour but green is at its heart – the entire Colorcoat® range has BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Certification.
Dazzling display of colour
The result is a facility where learning is fun. The exciting, vibrant exterior merely hints at the modern facilities inside, which are all designed around the users. You won’t find the usual boring classrooms here – how about studying in a ‘floating’ room, hovering above a grand, multi-functional atrium?
The school’s core philosophy of open learning is cleverly translated into the design of the building itself. From the main open atrium, there is a view of all the different work zones, ensuring the necessary natural interaction between the students and local organisations that use the facility – making Niekee the hub of the Roermond community.
The uniquely-bright design even caught the eye of the Dutch Ministry of Education, who singled it out for a School Construction Prize thanks to its sustainability, flexibility and physical durability.
But the Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® range isn’t just cool for school…
All Colorcoat® products are suitable for roof and wall cladding systems in a variety of buildings including stadiums, commercial, residential and industrial.
And there’s now even more colours to choose from. With the Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® extended now to over 40 different shades.
Author: Liz Wilson Date Written: 23 April 2012