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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.

Zig Zag in Nieuwveen, Netherlands by Möhn + Bouman Architecten

 
October 2nd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Möhn + Bouman Architecten 

This two-storey, 110-meter long residential centre for people with mental disabilities has been designed in close conjunction with an existing tree structure. The resulting zig-zag- shape visually divides the building in smaller, human-scale areas, thus avoiding the perception of an institution. Slowly rising between the trees, a structure of wooden boardwalks accesses the dwellings on the first floor, providing it with a secondary landscape with a unique quality of its own. Every-group dwelling has its own entrance, with integrated sitting benches marking the transition between outside and inside. They are inviting residents to linger and interact with others, as do the retreating zones inside, featuring moos-clad floors and birch trunks.

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Image Courtesy © Sarah Blee

  • Architects: Möhn + Bouman Architecten 
  • Project: Zig Zag
  • Location: Nieuwveen, Netherlands
  • Photography: Sarah Blee
  • Software used: Vectorworks and SketchUp
  • Client: Ipse de Bruggen foundation
  • Project team: Andrea Möhn, Manuela Santarpia, Eva Engele, Zanda Lapsa, Monique van den Berg
  • Area: 4800 sq m
  • Design: 2012 – 2014
  • Status: completed 2015

Image Courtesy © Sarah Blee

Image Courtesy © Sarah Blee

The materials of the building are reflecting the rural setting in the wetlands of Holland and are providing the inhabitants with rich sensory experiences. The dark wooden siding of the facades are in strong contrast with the white frames around the windows. Traditionally, due to the cloudy climate, this contrast has been used often to lighten up facades. The gable roofs empasize the association with traditional houses, steering away even further from an intitutional image.

By using wood, natural insulation along with solar cells and ground source heating, the building is fully ecological, technically keeping with its natural architecture.

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Image Courtesy © Sarah Blee

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Image Courtesy © Möhn + Bouman Architecten

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