School Sint-Victor – brutalism in Turnhout
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School Sint-Victor

Lou Jansen, Rudi Schiltz, Carli Vanhout, Paul Schellekens

Turnhout, Kasteelplein 20

1967-1972

School Sint-Victor

A secondary boys’ school was founded in Turnhout in 1899, and later it developed further into a full primary school. This primary school grew exponentially in the 50s and 60s. Various expansions and land purchases had already been made in recent years, but the overpopulation had not been resolved. In 1962 there was the idea of a complete new building for primary school. Former students Lou Jansen and Carli Vanhout were involved. The school was inaugurated on 13 June 1970.

Brutalistic and a grids

The new building consisted of different parts: the classes from the third to the sixth grade were grouped around an elevated playground, the classes from the first and second grade also got a separate playground. The façades are reminiscent of the brutalism of Le Corbusier in the Sainte-Marie de la Tourette monastery. The hand of Vanhout and Schellekens can be recognized in this. The interior uses a 1m30 x 1m30 grid, which is typical for Jansen and Schiltz.

Playground and classes

The heating elements and coat racks were incorporated in the outer wall, so that it has a thickness of 65 cm. There are three playgrounds in total. 27 cars and 360 bicycles can be placed under the raised playground. There was a swimming pool in the basement that is no longer accessible. The double-height sports hall is still in use. At the moment there are 12 classes still in use for primary school. Five kindergarten classes and a covered playground were added to the eastern playground. The library of the city of Turnhout is temporarily located in the west wing.

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School Sint-Victor

 

Lou Jansen, Rudi Schiltz, Carli Vanhout, Paul Schellekens

Turnhout, Kasteelplein 20

1967-1972 

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