Academie voor Muziek, Woord en Dans (Academy for Music, Drama and Dance)
This academy is designed by Carlos Arroyo. Its facade changes from a forest to a ‘painting’ (inspired by a painting by Hoppenbrouwer) when you walk by. The building has its own dynamic based on the distance between two panels. The distance between the wooden beams inside are twice the distance between two panels.
The main entrance can be found under a shed which hold a small auditory. It is the building’s highest point. The other side of the building has the same height as the surrounding houses.
In the middle of the building there’s a structural wand which divides the building’s dynamic in two: when the left side goes up, the right side goes down. The upper side contains a window and makes it possible for sunlight to fall right into the classrooms.
Every classroom has its very own color and has a soft wall and a hard wall. The hard wall has some panels which can be removed or added to absorb sound.
At the end of the hall which allows access to the classrooms, there’s a small auditory for parents and student to conversing and/ or waiting.
Personally I find this project inspiring, specially the outside architecture. Inside I find some defects. Every classroom has its own color, but is limited only to the color of the floor. First, the doors to the classroom are white, but should have had the same color as the floor. That way students know which door to take when going to class. Now they see they’re mistaken when already opening the door. Plus, since every door is placed in a niche in a white hall, the rainbow-effect the architect wanted should have been more visible that way. Secondly, the absorbing panels are in each classroom red, which should have been the color chosen for that classroom.