It had been clear for some time that a new building would be required for the Dance and Theatre education programme of the University of Applied Sciences for the Arts in Arnhem. The long outstanding issue centred on the location for this expansion. Ultimately, the client together with the architect Hubert-Jan Henket settled on the probably most daring option: immediately adjacent to the Academy for the Visual Arts designed by Gerrit Rietveld. Naturally the view of this monument could not be obstructed and the decision therefore was to construct an underground school building. To create a pleasant school building, Henket designed a fully glass roof as a result of which all rooms are bathed in light.
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