Class in the River – Atelier de Dommel

What better way to learn about nature than to be surrounded by it? In a reaction to her belief that nature in the Netherlands is run too much like an industry, Niko Leung created a floating river classroom for Waterboard De Dommel. Here, children can literally get in touch with nature through all of their senses. Their artistic responses to what they encounter are displayed on the façade, and so the Class in the River – Atelier de Dommel education centre also becomes a public performance space. Its open architecture stimulates an organic interaction with the environment, reinfusing this long over-regulated landscape with life and poetry.

Niko Leung