The Molenwiek in the Schalkwijk in Haarlem was designed by Wiek Röling in 1975 and is part of the pavilion schools built in the 60s and 70s. The quality of the Molenwiek can be found in the relaxed and clear organization, the location in the park, the wide corridors and the beautiful auditorium in the heart of the building. The building was outdated and in poor energy condition, it had no clear entrance, the facades had little architectural value and the auditorium had been degraded to an indoor space by an earlier addition.
The existing building was renovated and extended on two sides with new construction and has received an enormous improvement in terms of energy. On the street the building has been given a new entrance with a library. In the park the building has been extended with a pentagonal annex around a patio. Light, overview and the connection between inside and outside are the leading themes in the design. Nowhere do the corridors end, large windows provide a view of the park and the surroundings, the spaces are formed around the two patios and the auditorium is again in the middle. All rooms and corridors are flexible in use: an important quality for Dalton education. The trapezoid-shaped classrooms have high windows and a facade that is as wide as possible towards the park, in order to feel nature as much as possible in the building.
The new building is bricked up in green-gray and light-gray beige bricks with bronze window frames. The new entrances are brick in glazed mocca colored bricks. The existing facades were lightly rendered, the window frames were painted and the purple fascias were made green-gray.