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Hof van Maerlant Brielle

The distinctive Maerlant College building was once a national college and is located on the Jan Mathijssenlaan in Brielle. The currently vacant building will be transformed into a residential complex with spacious apartments. The initiative was taken in 2014 by the same team which will realize the project: the developer Volker Wessels Vastgoed BV, the engineering firm IOB and the architecture firm Molenaar & Co architects. A competition held by the city of Brielle was won by our team and we received the commission to proceed with our plans in February 2015.

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The Maerlant College is a building with a robust character and is situated on the former firing range of the historic fortified city of Brielle. It has a main volume with a monumental entrance and two side wings. Respecting the historic value and structure, the former classrooms will be combined and transformed into apartments of varying sizes. Our plan introduces two new main service cores, situated where the current restroom areas are, with each a stairwell and an elevator. The existing monumental central staircase remains untouched. Other interventions to complete the transformation into a residential complex will be: enlarging and adding dormer windows to the attic floors of the main building and side wings, adding balconies to the side wings as well as adding a new transparent extension in the back of the building. The quality of the front gardens and the view to the fortified city of Brielle in the back will be preserved and accentuated by landscape architects Bleeker-Nauta. \

Phase 2

Next to the Maerlant college lies a large terrain, where the now demolished later additions of the former school once stood. There are future plans to further develop this area with about 25 detached and semidetached houses.

Project information


Van den Nieuwendijk Bouw BV


Jan Matthijsenlaan, Brielle


maart 2023

completed at

Van den Nieuwendijk Bouw BV

photography by

Luuk Kramer