MFA De Zonneboom by Drost + van Veen Architecture

April 3, 2012

Drost + van Veen Architecture designed a multi-functional community center building in Doetinchem, The Netherlands.


The new community center in Oosseld, Doetinchem houses a large number of functions, including housing, shopping, health care, learning and meeting. Central to the plan, to a large square, the new multifunctional accommodation The Solar Tree which Drost + van Veen architects were asked to make a design.

The Solar Tree consists of two primary schools, a petit café, several multipurpose rooms, a gymnasium and space for some institutions. The various functions are brought together under a parasol pronounced that refers to the typical Oosseldse caps. This roof form breaks the building into smaller parts for the large scale building in line with the rural character of the area.

The different functions are accessible from a central lobby that serves as a meeting place for local residents. Both the café and multipurpose room as the activity room and the playroom of the school are in open communication with the central hall, so the entire surface can be used at major events. Large voids can view the features that are located on the upper floors. The café and multipurpose room are the head of the building to the courtyard, with a large window that offers a view of the sunken hall.

The two schools are located on the west side of the building and, apart from the central hall, also accessible via a private entrance to the schoolyard. Classrooms are grouped in pairs around a so-called learning domain. The learning domains also interrupt the corridor and provide more light and air than is usual in mid-course. The two schools share a playroom, craft room and library. All functions are located on the central area and during extracurricular hours of use.

The district Oosseld has received a building where residents can identify with and that can adapt to the different space requirements of its users.

Visit the Drost + van Veen Architecture website – here.

Photography by Roos Aldershoff