Infobox Modern building

caption=Entrance to the Ambachtsschool in Heerlen]
location_country=The Netherlands
architect=Jan Stuyt

The Ambachtsschool (Jan Stuyt, 1913) is built of brick with distinctive layers of marl (a stone commonly found in the south of Limburg). The building is located on the "Burgemeester de Hesselleplein", in Heerlen, Netherlands. However, when it was erected the square was still known as "Lindeplein".

The original building was much smaller than what we see today; it consisted only of the main entrance building with two wings. In 1917, 1920 and 1929/1930 the building expanded [ [ Historische foto's-Historical images of Heerlen - Parkstad1998 ] ] .


The symmetry of the build, the distinctive layers of marl and windows point to influences of the Dutch renaissance [Van Geest, J. (200?). Heerlen; architectuur en stedenbouw 1850-1940, Heerlen, Wanders Uitgevers] . The massiveness of the building with its towers and great width dominates the square it is located on. Jan Stuyt's urbanistic view for Heerlen, including the creation of a system of squares, means the building can be seen from the center of the Tempsplein.

Historical function

When it first opened its doors, in May 1914, there were only 22 students. This number rapidly grew and in 1916 the students of the mining school moved to a different location (the Mijnschool). Later on the school became known as the "Technische School", a name that still can be seen carved above the entrances. In 1995 the last students left the building [ [ Historische foto's-Historical images of Heerlen - Parkstad1998 ] ] .


A fire destroyed much of the building in 1996 [Van Geest, J. (200?). Heerlen; architectuur en stedenbouw 1850-1940, Heerlen, Wanders Uitgevers] . The building was renovated and expanded (with a modern look) by the Spanish architect firm Machay, Bohigas & Martorell [Van Geest, J. (200?). Heerlen; architectuur en stedenbouw 1850-1940, Heerlen, Wanders Uitgevers] .


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