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ARCHITECTURE


Renewal of the ‘Vogeltjesbuurt’ neighbourhood in Tilburg saw the area being completely demolished and rebuilt as a future- proof residential area, which takes the elderly into account.


removes exhaust air, while a heat recovery unit makes use of the exhaust air and has an efficiency of h = 90%.


Assisted living design A residence for senior citizens of Indonesian descent has been developed at the edge of the commuter city of Almere. With a large amount of post-war immigrants now growing old, there was a demand for housing seniors with a shared background. The building concept is based around connecting building and landscape. The shape of the building, for example, allows it to blend with the scenery. At the same time, the shape refers to the flowing lines of the Indonesian scenery. The living-with-care complex is located


between the city and a large nature park which makes it a building and a landscape at the same time. Although the shape of the building reflects the Indonesian landscape, it is the result of practical Dutch thinking: the circular form has a larger content than any other form, resulting in a more affordable and


energy-efficient building.” This residential building in Eindhoven


replaced two flats that were built in the post- war period, in an area that is home to a large number of senior citizens with low incomes. Previously, when these residents were no longer able to live independently, they had to move to other parts of the city, forcing them to sever their strong social tie with the area, resulting in increased loneliness and a decline in quality of life. The new assisted living residence was


developed to counter this trend. The subsidised, social rent apartments are suitable for wheelchairs and are accessible by lift, to meet the needs of aging residents. Residents can also receive in-home care


Existing structure


from health care providers, or make use of the health care centre, which is integrated into the building and accommodates a general practitioner, a pharmacy and physiotherapy. By placing the building into an existing neighbourhood, residents are able to stay in familiar surroundings. The connec tion between the residence and the neighbourhood is strengthened by the new facilities, including the health care centre, which the rest of the neigh bourhood are also able to make use of. Another important com - ponent is the new café, located in the courtyard of the complex, where residents can meet with others from the neighbourhood and establish new social contacts. The courtyard offers a venue to allow friends and neighbours to get together socially, especially in the summer.


Wanted programme New facade


Age-proof neighbourhoods Traditionally, in the Netherlands people in need of care are placed into institutionalised care facilities. However, with the baby-boom generation now growing old, this system is becoming uneconomical. Further, the new elderly do not want to be institutionalised. Instead, they want to stay in their own home, in their own neighbourhood, for as long as possible. To ensure this, KAW has developed new well-being and care concepts together with the neighbourhood and its residents. This often means mixing up the tasks of health care professionals, small businesses and volunteers. Together with residents and professionals,


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KAW analyses the village or neighbourhood, and considers what would be necessary for the elderly to be able to remain living at home and create a whole new model for living, care and well-being. It is vital to first determine the missing elements and if something already exists, whether it can be transformed for that function. For example, it


The shape of the NPO Nusantara building allows it to blend in with the scenery. At the same time, the shape refers to the flowing lines of the Indonesian scenery.


is possible to transform an empty store or residence into a communal meeting area or a number of dwellings can be transformed into a small-scale care residency that can deliver all types of care. Volunteers provide the simple help, and the professionals deliver the medical care at home. The KAW Residential Environment


Strategy allows it to typify residential and care areas in terms of spatial characteristics. It differentiates four residential environments that each are distinct in how people live together and the level of liveliness. Those environments differ in form and function of the public space, in type of access and in communal meeting areas. A Residential Care Environment Toolbox shows the most logical integration of care facilities. For the development of assisted living


areas in ‘Delfshaven’, an area with 70,000 inhabitants in Rotterdam, KAW used the Residential Environment Strategy. The Toolbox provides insight as to whether programmatic care ambitions can be easily realised or they come with large spatial challenges. The Toolbox joins social and physical aspects and proved useful in understanding and collaboration between parties with a social background such as care


Enormous effort was put into creating a resi dency here that connects both to its environment and to the people living in the village


IFHE DIGEST 2015


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