On the outskirts of a village, in a beautiful dense tree-scape, stands a dark solitary volume clad in burnt larch. This ambiguous structure is actually part of a residential campus dedicated to mentally disabled people. Two separate living spheres are combined into a sustainable, compact volume. They host two groups of young, semi-autonomous adults. The hidden duality of the building is only revealed at the sole point of contact between the two groups: a double staircase.
The irregularity of the plan is as much a response to preserving the landscape as to the building’s internal demands: the design decision to include a corner and two windows in every room. The resulting layout ensures that each room has differentiated areas for sleeping and living, and a double light condition. The design aims at multiplying opportunities for inhabitants to appropriate space and relate more profoundly to their immediate and larger context. Belonging to the campus as much as to the village, this calm, sober structure challenges institutional clichés associated with health care architecture.
Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn, Peter Swinnen, Karel Verstraeten, Jan Opdekamp, Paul Steinbrück, Marian Beschoner
Daidalos-Peutz (durability), IVW (safety & EPB)
BAS/ Dirk Jaspaert, All-Ingineering
51N4E & Sannah Belzer
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