A design for a residential-care facility that additionally to the location will function as a meeting place for the neighbourhood. In total, 142 housing units will be realised.
Moerwijk is a typical Dudok neighbourhood. The urban tissue is in between building blocks and a “stamp” plan. The neighbourhood has mainly a green character. On various places, there are differentiated volumes with an equally differentiated programme. As was on the location Westhovenplein, where a high school was situated.
The starting points were formulated in a workshop with all involved parties. Here, additional to the residential programme, the social aspect was deemed pivotal. In short: creating a community. This led to the concept: “living together, caring together”.
The concept, combined with the green character of the neighbourhood, resulted in the design of an ensemble of buildings in a communal garden. Each building has a communal space on the ground floor, directly connected to the garden. Raising the edge of the garden by 60cm created a natural transition between public and private.
During the execution, much of the attention goes towards materials, colours and detailing. Here the design finds its legitimisation. The shaped brick which accentuates the human scale of the floors characterises this. It has been specially tailored for this project. The garden design connects carefully to the residential care programme, realising the concept into the smallest detail.
The emergence of the multi-cultural society, ageing, the increase in single households and the related anonymity, require that the city of the future needs to offer space for creating communities. Living together, caring together is in that sense a concept that can be used as a blueprint for many different places.