March 2020 Our design has been finalised and the agreement between Leonardo College Leiden and developer Zenzo Social Real Estate was signed recently. Mid 2021, Leiden’s new Leonardo College will be ready for use! The new school will have very attractive features, such as sunny terraces on all floors, creating connections between inside and outside on all levels. In order to be able to use as much of the terrain as possible for sports and relaxation, the students’ 800 bicycles will be parked indoors. The building will of course be highly sustainable; it will provide for its own energy demand.
The new ‘Leo’ is all about meeting and exchange. A central atrium with a large grand staircase stimulates interaction and connects all educational clusters, which all have their own floor with a tailor-made layout and interior for alpha, beta and gamma education. The uniqueness of the school’s sports and dance profile can be experienced everywhere: from the auditorium, which is also used as a theatre and dance hall, to the sport themed outdoor area. Even the architecture refers to top sport, with shiny façade panels in gold, silver and bronze anodised aluminium.
The ambitious architecture and unconventional landscaping solutions were met with great enthusiasm by Leiden’s planning authority and beauty committee. The school will be opened during the summer holidays of 2021.