De Kleine Kapitein

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Educational
  • Company/Firm
    NAT architecten nl
  • Lead Designer
    Frank Van Manen, Chantal van Dillen, Sjoerd Landman
  • Design Team
    Matteo Cozzi, Guisy Mazzarella, Teun Veelers, Iñigo Berriozabal, John Bosch
  • Architect
    NAT architecten (formerly Quay Architects)
  • Interior Designer
    Chantal van Dillen
  • Lighting Designer
    Sijperda Hardy BV Adviesbureau
  • Const. Company
    Berkhout Tros Bouwadviseurs
  • Photographer Credit
    Luuk Kramer
  • Location
  • Client
    STAIJ, Partou, Gemeente Amsterdam, Sport en Bos
  • Project Date

A school building for birds, bats and children
Integrated Child Center (ICC) 'De Kleine Kapitein' on the Cruquiuseiland in Amsterdam is a building for flora, fauna and children. The building houses a primary school, a day-care center and a gym and gymnastics hall.

Children learn about nature in their own school building
The building was designed for STAIJ, Partou and the Municipality of Amsterdam, among others. The green schoolyard forms a playful oasis in the densely built-up transformation area of Cruquius-island. Until 2030, the island will undergo a transformation from an industrial area to a residential and working area. The sculptural school building has an inviting appearance and embraces the public schoolyard. The building has several strategically positioned entrances and the sports facility is accessible separately. The facade of the building is made of recycled stones, is nature-inclusive and is full of nesting boxes for different types of birds, bats and insect hotels, which are made of special cleat stones. Green facilities have been made around the building for vegetation. In the warm city, the green square and the green-covered building provide cooling on hot days.

NAT architects
NAT stands for NATURAL (sustainable). We have to take good care of our earth. The architecture we create is focused on the future, climate-neutral, flexible, circular and NATURE-inclusive. We use materials that limit CO2 and are easily recyclable and we use installations that keep energy consumption to a minimum. We also give nature a home in our projects in order to support the ecology in the built environment.We make buildings that enrich the city, the neighborhood, but above all the users.We make architecture that connects people, and produce energy!

Other prizes
Architecture Masterprize 2022 Estonian Art Academy 2008 (2nd) Redevelopment HTS Eindhoven 2008 't open IJnde Amsterdam 2005