Center for integration of disabled people
We perceived the residential facility Eigen Thuis as a “plural” of small-scale residential units whit a homely atmosphere. This consists of a series of six individual “homes” or “pavilions” that are connected with each other by an transparent corridor because of the optimal organisation of the services. The scale of these individual houses approximates the scale of the existing environment, separated by open and green spaces. The jagged façade towards the central neighbourhood park fits into the natural landscape. The decision to build in a single phase forces us to a certain density, which also makes sense concerning sustainability and land use. The neighbourhood park is designed as one natural landscape, merging with the environment en visually not delineated within the boundaries. The main entrance of Eigen Thuis focuses on both public spaces (park and street) and is also accessible from them both. Through “dents” in the volumes and “folds” in the roofs, the volume accentuates the public space, the height in the administrative pavilion inclines towards the public passage, resulting in a climax in the multipurpose area near the neighbourhood park. The intended atmosphere is characterized by materiality: light wood, white brick, ‘opus incertum’ stone, … Natural light is omnipresent: in every pavilion, light is provided through the articulation of volumes and roofs.