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When school officials and community members in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden studied the old two-storey brick building on Willem Sprengerstraat, they didn’t see a lot to love. Originally built in 1929 and occupied by the Prins Constantijn primary school and Sinne daycare centre, it had been cut up and reconfigured so many times over the decades that its original appeal had been obscured by a series of cramped, disjointed spaces.

With a muted new addition that gives way to a playful and pared-back interior, the existing 1930s structure has a fresh future as the Prins Constantijn primary school and Sinne daycare centre

As the need for an expansion became clear, many advocated for total demolition. City planners,...

An Almost-Demolished Dutch School and Daycare Gets a Luminous New Lease on Life

Studio Nauta and De Zwarte Hond team up to update — and elevate — this 1930s structure by celebrating the spaces in between.

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