Sport College Leidsche Rijn
Situated in the Leidsche Rijn, a newly built housing district within the periphery of Utrecht, the Sports Campus aims to contribute a public and rather iconographic aspect to the predominantly low-rise area, lacking points of recognition. Two schools, divided up into four wings, stretched out onto the boundaries of the terrain, are organized around a centrally positioned volume containing the shared facilities. The campus facilitates, next to an educational program, a gymnasium, vocational school, in and outdoor sports facilities and a cultural centre. The structure and concrete walls are mostly left raw, to create a rough interior and to sustain the adolescent behavior of its users, and also meets the limited budgets. Young sports talents are able to combine school with intense training. Approaching the campus complex, one notices a subtle movement in the shiny black panels, in which a constant graduated relief has been cast, offering subtle tactile qualities on the exterior facade.