Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

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Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

Residential Care Centre, Holland, Netherlands – design by Möhn + Bouman BV architects

4 Nov 2016

Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

Design: Möhn + Bouman BV, architects

Location: Nieuwveen, Netherlands

Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

This two-storey, 110-meter long residential centre for people with mental disabilities has been designed in close conjunction with an existing tree structure.

Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

The resulting zig-zag shape visually divides the building in smaller, human-scale areas, thus avoiding the perception of an institution.

Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

Slowly rising between the trees, a structure of wooden boardwalks accesses the dwellings on the first floor, providing it with a secondary landscape with a unique quality of its own.

Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

Every-group dwelling has its own entrance, with integrated sitting benches marking the transition between outside and inside.

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They are inviting residents to linger and interact with others, as do the retreating zones inside, featuring moos-clad floors and birch trunks.

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The materials of the building are reflecting the rural setting in the wetlands of Holland and are providing the inhabitants with rich sensory experiences.

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The dark wooden siding of the facades are in strong contrast with the white frames around the windows.

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Traditionally, due to the cloudy climate, this contrast has been used often to lighten up facades.

Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

The gable roofs empasize the association with traditional houses, steering away even further from an intitutional image.

Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

By using wood, natural insulation along with solar cells and ground source heating, the building is fully ecological, technically keeping with its natural architecture.

Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen

Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen – Building Information

Location: Nieuwveen, Netherlands
Client: Ipse de Bruggen foundation
Design: 2012-14
Status: completed 2015
Area: 4800 sq m
Architect: Möhn + Bouman BV
Project team: Andrea Möhn, Manuela Santarpia, Eva Engele, Zanda Lapsa, Monique van den Berg

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Photography: Sarah Blee, Möhn + Bouman

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Zig Zag Building in Nieuwveen images / information from Möhn + Bouman BV


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