The former technical school ‘Oude Ambachtsschool’ in Zwolle has been repurposed into starter homes and studios. The national listed building by architects Baart and Krook dates from 1934 and has been sustainably renovated and transformed into a contemporary residential-commercial complex.
The building consists of two wings, each three storeys high, which are located at right angles to each other, meeting in a central staircase. The outside corner is the location of the formal entrance, whilst the inside corner was the original pupil entrance. Both wings have central corridors with classrooms either side. On the ground floor, the classrooms have been repurposed into studio spaces. The first and second floor now house starter homes: spacious, tall and bright classrooms with a fixed core of sanitary and kitchen facilities.