In Middenbeemster (The Netherlands) BLANCA architecten designed a project which consist of 37 independent senior housing, two group homes for psycho-geriatric elderly and a service centre with support, care and recreational facilities. Program On a relatively small site is an extensive and complex program realized consisting of three components: Independent senior housing, group homes for psycho geriatric elderly and a service centre (with day care, temporary care, parent and child care, physiotherapy, recreation, restaurant / cafe, hairdresser, pedicure, office and meeting rooms) It was part of the program to ensure that the residents of the existing and new housing feel that the service centre is there for them without feeling that they live in a home for elderly. Careful positioning of the care and residential functions, mutual relationships, the routing through the complex and social security were in the design of interest. Service centre (care) The service centre is the binding element between the existing dwellings and new residential. A corridor in the service centre links the existing and new homes to each other and to the various care functions. The classification of the service centre is flexible, the area is virtually column-free and every 90 cm, an inner wall can be placed against the outer wall. This flexibility has proved its usefulness from the design phase until the implementation phase, the classification of the service centre could be changed without the structure of the plan need to be amended. Group Homes The group homes have a private outside entrance, the "front door” of the dwelling. In addition, the group homes are connected to the interior corridor of the service centre. There are two group homes with eight bedrooms, four bathrooms, visitor’s toilet, a common living room and a smoking room. The two group homes have a kitchen with utility room and storage space. The communal kitchen between the two group homes makes it possible for the nursing staff to walk easily from one to another group home. The group homes have a patio surrounded by the buildings and only accessible from the group homes. Temporary stayThere are two places for temporary stay realized. These small apartments have a living room with kitchenette, a bedroom and a bathroom / toilet. They are situated on the ground near the group homes and are directly accessible via the corridor of the service centre. Independent senior housing. Besides the service centre and the groups homes there are 37 new elderly apartments realized. There are four types of housing: A ground floor apartment of approximately 110 m2, three-room apartments of around 90 m2 BVO on the first floor, three-room apartments of approximately 80 m2 BVO on the second floor and spacious four-room apartments of approximately 160 m2 on the second floor. In the basement are 22 parking spaces realized. The remaining parking spaces for residents and visitors are situated on the surrounding area. The houses on the ground floor are directly accessible from the ground. The remaining houses can be reached via three entrances and sheltered galleries. Through the sheltered galleries, the residents can reach the service centre in a socially safe way.
Materials The facades of the service centre are made of translucent polycarbonate, which reflects the typical Dutch light of the Beemster polder. The facades of the housing are made of painted wood, a material common for the Beemster polder. The roofs and front facades are made of slates, similar of the ones used at the roof of the nearby church of Middenbeemster. The galleries are sheltered with glass facades, also referring to the wooden facades, but then in a abstract, transparent way.