March 2013 The Da Vince College in Roosendaal selected Ector Hoogstad Architecten together with IMd (construction engineers) to design their new building. With approximately 13.500 m2 of floorspace, the building will provide educational facilities for about 1000 students. The existing building complex at the Bovendonk in Roosendaal will be largely be reused: new and old (with a newly added top floor) will be integrated into a meandering building mass. The in between spaces will turn the new Da Vinci into a miniature city with plaza's, terraces, a boulevard, street and even a wintergarden. The educational clusters will be designed as 'club houses' alongside streets and squares and are connected to lifelike practice areas highlighting themes such as industry, shopping mall and health care center.
As always, sustainability is one of the cornerstones of the design that includes green roofs, optimal daylight admission, low energy consumption and the use of numerous innovative technologies. The design process will start with the preparation of a charrette period (intensive workshops on location with future occupants) and will result into completion of the building specs by the end of this year.