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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Meander in Maarheeze, The Netherlands by UArchitects

April 9th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

At the  location of the former shopping centre “de Brink” and where a care home (Marishof) and ten sheltered houses were  situated.  At this location has been designed  a new care housing for elder people

Main Entrance

  • Architects: UArchitects cooperation with architectenaandemaas
  • Project: Meander
  • Location: Maarheeze, The Netherlands
  • Photographer: G. Balvers and J. Sondeyker
  • Construction Adviseur : VdL
  • Contractor: Hazenberg and Wijnen
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Photoshop

Side View

This projects exists in four parts.

-30 houses for seniors (part A) orientated to the square “ de Brink” and an extension of the Floralaan divided into 2 to 3 stories.
– 54 residential  homes for more elder people (part B) spread over three stories situated at the Floralaan and Hagelkruis.
– 30 rooms for elder people how need more treatment and attention (part C) are directed to Hagelkruis and the Lavendelstraat.
– These parts are connected by the “meander” in this order(part D) . The meander symbolizes the phases of life which the future occupants will follow or experience, seen in time .

Exterior View

It is also the aorta of the complex that provides the following main functions:

-day care
– recreation and welfare
-treatment functions
-management, administration and personnel
-supporting services
– space for nursery and care apartments

Image Courtesy G. Balvers & J. Sondeyker

The region and the history around Maarheeze( region Eindhoven) are a reason for the use of material, colour and texture.  It is a translation of a historical rural substance into a coded message. This will be visible when intensively studying the building.  In small amounts, images of “recognition” come up in our consciousness  and because of that, acceptance of relative large extra care housing in a small community is being simplified. The materials are distracted from the rural scenery and the process of transience. After a while they show light grey patina. We have developed  a special concrete large brick for this project in the spirit of “Cradle to Cradle”. It was produced not far from the site with low energy cost and it can be reused if necessary.

Exterior View


Image Courtesy G. Balvers & J. Sondeyker

Back View

Night View


Image Courtesy G. Balvers & J. Sondeyker


Interior View

Inside Part

Exterior Part

Exterior Part

Interior View

Outside Part

Outside Part B

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