Project: Health care centre Sonneburgh, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Client: Foundation Sonneburgh.
Facts: Health-care. Renewal. Floor area: 10.000m2. Completed: 2005.
In designing the scheme of the new nursing home the site between the rural area and busy city approach road, was key in determining the design. A typical dutch dyke surrounds the building at the backsite causing a very small plot according to the request program. To avoid a very dense building three wings containing the private rooms are lifted up. By this movement the private rooms are sure of view and daylight while on groundfloor extra space is created for a nice garden. By connecting the wings like fingers to a round volume containing public space the best logistics are achieved. The nursing communities consist of three groups of 12 single person apartments with their bathrooms shared by 2 residents and centrally located common spaces, including living rooms. The common spaces are located around a two storey high ‘plaza’ on the entrance level.