De Meester

Textbook example of spacious housing

Former vocational school De Meester, on Verspronckweg in Haarlem, had been empty for years. Together with COD, INBO designed its transformation from a vocational school into residential building. The impressively large 1922 building is a landmark in the city.

Beautiful details showing the history of this school have been preserved throughout the building. We kept the stained-glass windows and wide corridors. We restored the original detailing, including tiling and vaulted ceilings.

The high spaces and classrooms were easily converted into spacious apartments. Each apartment has either its own balcony or is connected to a small garden, which we attached to the existing façade carefully to not damage the monument.

‘We placed the kitchens and bathrooms in the middle of the apartments. This preserved the spaciousness of the classrooms.’

Rik Bakker
architect – partner

The interiors of five separate rooms that used to serve as teachers’ rooms or boardrooms boasted high-quality monumental finishes. These were renovated as well and turned into extraordinary dwellings.

New referring to old

Two new residential buildings border the site. The school’s robust appearance was the inspiration for these buildings. The fresh-yellow, brick façade of the newbuild echoes the original colour of the vocational school. The rhythm of the school façade continues in the newbuild.

We restored the rear courtyard to its original glory. Underneath the rear courtyard sits a two-storey underground parking garage.

Resident Dianne: ‘This is a completely different way of living than I was used to. People see you, you have contact with the street, you talk to the people in the neighborhood’.
  1. Former school building
  2. Demolition and monument preservation
  3. Construction of underground parking
  4. New extension while maintaining the monumental character
  5. Optimize circulation
  6. Court restored and renewed


Cradle of Development (COD)

Building consortium Scholtens-Toekomst, Bouwinvest

Architecture, building advice, technical specifications

Rik Bakker, Niek Schouten, Niels Koopman, Laura Geerlings, Jeanne Leung, Wouter Grevink, David Mazereeuw Kevin Battarbee

Charlotte Bogaert



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