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.
Assisted Living Centre Oosterheem in Dordrecht, Netherlands by EGM architecten
September 19th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Ronald Schlundt Bodien
Assisted Living Centre Oosterheem
Since the Oosterheem care centre was no longer meeting the requirements of today, EGM architecten designed a plan for the redevelopment of the nursing home and the adjoining properties.
With the redevelopment of the new building an entirely new neighbourhood was created simultaneously. The grounds of the old nursing home slowly made way for a new assisted living centre. Three residential buildings and an underground parking garage are now under construction. The construction is phased out, requiring most residents to only move house once. The new assisted living centre offers sheltered apartments, care apartments, residential units and general facilities. The design, with four storeys and a bent shape, mimics the direction and scale of the surrounding neighbourhood.
The residential buildings are eye-catching and compete with the height and scale of the adjacent Amphia Hospital. EGM based the design on the concept of \”reversible construction”. This means that it, in the future, will be relatively easy to convert two-bedroom care apartments into intensive care housing or three-bedroom apartments.
Because most of the parking is underground, there is space for high quality landscaping. There are plenty of opportunities for the centre residents and the residents of the neighbourhood to get in contact with one another. Outside on the garden benches, for example. Inside, the central hall and the general facilities promote further interaction. Now, Oosterheem has been changed into a pleasant place to meet in the heart of the neighbourhood.
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