About the British School of Amsterdam


The British School of Amsterdam (BSA) is currently housed in three locations in Amsterdam. But with an eye to the future, the BSA was searching for a single location that could accommodate their approximately 1,200 students between the ages of 3 and 18. This goal was realized through the purchase of the former Huis van Bewaring (House of Detention) at Havenstraat 6, Amsterdam – a building with both history and character. The building was designed by W.C. Metzelaar, a state engineer and architect of prison buildings, and was realized between 1888 and 1891.

The role of STONE22

Since 2012, we have been involved in the search and the feasibility studies for a suitable location for the British School of Amsterdam. With the purchase of the former House of Detention on Havenstraat, Amsterdam, in early 2017, the redevelopment process began. Prior to this, STONE22 mapped the preconditions for the redevelopment of the city monument in close consultation with the city’s municipal services, including the Bureau Monumenten Amsterdam and Stedenbouw. Based on this, we selected the design and advisory team as well as provided development management for the redevelopment process. The driving force in this redevelopment was to leave the historical value of the building intact while providing an inspiring learning environment for the students of the British School of Amsterdam. The result is a distinctive school building with great historical value.


Atelier Pro
van Hoogevest Architects
Sant & Co


Herontwikkeling van het voormalige Huis van Bewaring, gemeentelijk monument, tot een tot een schoolgebouw van 14.000 m2 bvo


  • Geurt Brinkgreve Bokaal 2021 (winner)
  • ArchDaily Building of the Year 2022 (winner)
  • Amsterdamse Architectuurprijs 2022 (nomination)
  • NPR Gulden Feniks 2022 (nomination)
  • Architectenweb Schoolgebouw van het jaar 2021 (nomination)
  • WAN Award 2021, category ‘Adaptive Reuse’ (nomination)