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.
Nieuw Overbos in Heemstede, Netherlands by Van Veen Architecten
October 7th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Van Veen Architecten
The health care center is situated in a beautiful country estate at the foot of the dunes in Heemstede. It comprises of with 98 apartments for the elderly. The soft, playful lines of the wooded sloping dunes and the way that elderly people perceive their world was the inspiration for this design.
To make the building less massive it was broken down into three distinct elements. Soft appearance all curved which fitted natural in the old country estate with old oaks. The continuous balcony along the entire façade helps break down the line between outside and inside. It is beneficial for the elderly to get fresh air and natural daylight (Vitamin D) to slow down the ageing process.
This building, with mixed apartments, gives the occupants the option of sheltered accommodation. This way they can continue living as long as possible in their own homes, even with the onset of illnesses such as Dementia. The local community use the multifunctional plinth??? and central hallway, which contain several services including doctor, physiotherapist and hairdresser.
The design facilitates ‘lifecycle-stable living housing Flexible floor plans by the use of columns and introducing openings in the wall The psycho-geriatric floor plans are developed with CEAN consultancy, leading in Healthcare concepts, Special lighting concept (1000 lux), color and material use.
The use off a lot of glass and an aluminum facade system – how is that sustainable? – needs to be spelt out
Bubble deck concrete floors, minimized material use
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