‘Gossip about me, but don’t tell them the truth. Make them believe something bigger’
Just one of the many poems that inspired the Dutch creative team of i29 Interior Architects for this school in Amstelveen in the Netherlands. These were poems inspired by school life full of highs and (mainly) lows. Written by Dutch Poet Erikjan Harmens who then converted these poems into 'carpets of text' onto the matte white floors and concrete slab walls
The vinyl black letters are a stark contrast between the neutral floors and create areas of interest that divide the Interior up into workable zones. This juxtaposition of colours continues through into the feature furniture using the modern day classic 'Chair One' by Magis. This colour scheme gives a sense of sophistication along with the vast areas of open space. The typical grid ceiling features converge into a flat matte white plastered ceiling which eliminates the standard feel of quickly built, poorly made school environments.
It all blends together in a cohesive fashion. I for one would feel inspired and happy to have gone day in day out to a school like this. We are so used now to seeing these vast academy schools with bright colourful interiors that are psychologically used to evoke a certain concentrating and calming reaction. This adult colour palette is therefore a welcome introduction to the norm.
It is however not so pretentious and beyond its years that you can't have fun in the space. The picture above shows the divide of the staircase which is split for a circulatory purpose and equally for a rest, sit and relaxation area. Sitting on public stairs is traditionally a bit of a faux pas, but here it is the social norm. Interiors are seldom seen as a 'you should look but not touch' but we should encourage interaction and the break of social boundaries especially within educational environments.
The school corridors have a sense of purpose and this image shows the play on one point perspective as a means of guiding yourself down the corridor. The half exposed and half unexposed grid ceiling again relates to this contrast in mood and expression. There is a sense of contemporary honesty to this Interior that is undoubtedly modern but is almost embarrassed by it, and therefore feels the need to expose the 'nitty gritty' parts beneath.