- « Before corona, we thought about digital learning as the future. During corona, we felt lucky to have the open-air classroom that enables us and different social groups to continue gathering. »Student, University College Roosevelt.
The Metamorfoselokaal started with the wish for an open-air classroom of Barbara Oomen, the then dean of University College Roosevelt (UCR) in Middelburg (NL). The name Metamorfose Lokaal is an homage to fellow townsman, fine painter and insect expert Johannes Goedaert (1617-1668), celebrating his 400th anniversary. He was the first to describe and draw the complete metamorphosis (morphosis) of insects.
In collaboration with UCR and several local organizations, and based on local shipyard techniques, Henriette Waal & Sophie Krier co-designed a circular classroom. The round shape of the Metamorfose Lokaal refers to the Middelburg anatomical theater from 1658. This public cutting room was an early testing ground for one’s own perception and a ‘convergence point of knowledge’ for the city (Zuidervaart 2009). The spatial design includes curved wooden railings grafted at different sitting and standing heights; embracing an already existing lime tree; a circle of recycled cobblestones from the repaving of Helmplein; a drinking fountain, and the Goedaert Gown (an illustrated version of the traditional gown, borrowed from the UCR reception). The assembly turned a neglected square into a public sanctuary in the heart of Middelburg.
A pocket-sized Metamorfoselokaal_Zakcatalogus, designed by Inedition, was published in a limited edition.