The 4th Gymnasium won the public award during the award ceremony of the Dutch Building Prize 2017! The first energy neutral high school in Amsterdam gained the majority of the 900 votes of the public. Besides the convincing victory of the public voting, the judge praised the high ambitions regarding the energy neutral character of the building and considers the school as ‘an example of a new generation of educational buildings'. We are very proud of winning the public award and we would like to thank everybody who voted for the 4th Gymnasium!
The 4th Gymnasium goes along with the sustainable ambition of the Houthavens, the formal industrial area that will be transformed into the first energy neutral urban district of Amsterdam. The school offers -next to the qualities of a modern Gymnasium- unique facilities for culture and arts for 800 students. Alongside the regular class rooms there are ateliers, a cinema, a theatre and laboratories.
The school building has a highly efficient energy system through the core conditioning which is connected to the city district heating, there will also be high-quality triple glazing and solar panels applied. The use of natural daylight and intelligent ventilation optimize the indoor climate, thereby the building is designed according to the Clean Air School principles. The judge is complimentary about these sustainability aspects: 'They succeeded in realising a school that works inviting for students who like to work on their future.'
About the Dutch Building Prize
Foundation The Dutch Building Prize grants the Dutch Building prize since 1991. The foundation presents this independent prize every two years. With the granting of the Dutch Building Prize, the foundation aims to both improve the distinctive ability of the construction sector as well as to stimulate the versatile building talent in the Netherlands. The judge nominated ten buildings out of 100 submissions in the categories Buildings, Building materials & -systems, Civil art works and Talent with a Future.