Special Needs Group-Housing within different housing models

Communal Garden in Kembang Baru (photo courtesy of TV-Oost)

Maximizing living and working conditions for the less fortunate makes for a more compassionate society” — Bert Bulthuis, Founder & Principal architect, Studio Sitec.

Studio Sitec has extensive experience in designing housing for people with special needs. This experience includes self-assured exteriors and interiors with smart tools to improve quality of life.

Every human being is special and building houses for people with special needs is an architectural niche, because of the specifications required to realise housing that has a proud identity in the midst of society.

The building vision for people with special needs calls for a design attitude towards a specifically-designed environment where all can live to their maximal capacities in a safe and inspiring environment.

The architect plays a crucial role in bringing special needs-group initiatives together with building partners, paving the way to realisation of these important initiatives.

PROJECTS


‘Kembang Baru’ Housing for the Elderly, The Netherlands (Handellaan 237, Zwolle)

A SOCIALLY-MIXED MODEL

  • Clients: Projectteam Holtenbroek, SZW, Deltawonen
  • 35 apartments, a communal activity room and kitchen, a communal garden
  • 50% social housing , 25% rental and 25% for sale
  • Built gross 4,830m2
  • Photos: Studio Sitec/Vulkers Fotografie/ TV Oost
  • Kembang Baru, Housing for Elderly. Zwolle, Netherlands

‘Ensemble’, Housing for the elderly and autistic youths, The Netherlands (Belvéderelaan 439, Zwolle)

A SPECIAL NEEDS MIXED MODEL

  • Clients: SZW, Driezorg, Sitchting BeMa
  • 40 apartments, a communal activity room and kitchen, communal storage and parking
  • 30% housing for autistic youth, 70% housing for the elderly and disabled elderly
  • Caretaker availability 24/7
  • Built gross 4,500m2
  • Photos: Vulkers Fotografie

‘Pieter Steyn’, Housing for disabled youth and their families, The Netherlands (Pieter van Bleyswijkstraat, Zwolle)

A KANGAROO MODEL

  • Clients: Deltawonen, Stichting Dubbelklik
  • 10 special care apartments, a communal activity room and kitchen, communal storage and parking
  • 14 detached family houses
  • Caretaker availability 24/7
  • Built gross 3,700 m2
  • Photos: Studio Sitec


Special Needs Housing, The Netherlands (Kooiveen Oldebroek)

A SPECIAL NEEDS-MIXED MODEL

  • Clients: Deltawonen, Philadelphia Zorg
  • 24 apartments, a communal activity room and kitchen, communal storage and parking
  • 50% housing for disabled youth, 50% housing for the elderly and disabled elderly
  • Caretaker availability 24/7
  • Built gross 3,000 m2
  • Photos: Studio Studio


Appartments in Monument Building for Re-integration of Homeless People, The Netherlands (Buitenkant, Zwolle)

A TARGET-GROUP MODEL

  • Clients: Deltawonen, Leger Des Heils (The Salvation Army)
  • 6 apartments for re-intergration into society
  • Caretaker availability 24/7
  • Built gross 400 m2
  • Photos: Studio Sitec


Apartments for reintegration of people towards newly achieved independence, The Netherlands (Berkumstraat 110, Zwolle)

A SOCIAL-GROWTH MODEL

  • Clients: Deltawonen, SWZ, Stad en Werk
  • 4 apartments with communal spaces for re-integration into society
  • Caretaker availability 24/7
  • Built gross 240 m2
  • Photos: Studio Sitec


Re-designing of 24 apartments for an ageing population in a compound of 396 apartments, The Netherlands (Haringvliet-Dollard, Zwolle)

ADJUSTMENT FOR AGEING-DWELLERS MODEL

  • Clients: SWZ
  • Renovation of 24 apartments for the elderly and disabled elderly in a compound of 396 apartments
  • Caretaker availability 24/7
  • Built gross 3,000 m2 (45,000m2)
  • Photos: Studio Sitec


Renovation of a monument family house and the addition of a house for the special needs-grandparents, The Netherlands (Park Eekhout, Zwolle)

A KANGAROO MODEL

  • Clients: A private family
  • Renovation of a monument family home and the addition of a house for the special needs-grandparents
  • Family care 24/7
  • Built Gross 400 m2
  • Photos: Studio Sitec

The Nooterhof ‘Monopoly House’, The Netherlands

Some buildings are given nicknames by the public. These can be positive, like Sir Norman Foster’s ‘Gherkin’ in London or Herzog & de Meuron‘s ‘Bird’s Nest’ in Beijing. However, sometimes nicknames carry a negative connotation like the ‘Peperclip’ housing project in Rotterdam designed by famous Dutch architect, Carel Weeber. Positive or negative, the adage “Better to be talked about than not at all” rings true.

We architects always create architecture in the public realm, yet some designs are more obvious than others. The project De Nooterhof and its nickname, ‘The Monopoly House’, gives a quirkiness to the city of Zwolle. The nickname is an honor.

The ‘Monopoly House’ nickname was first coined in a local newspaper, referring to the nature education center we’d built in the nature education and leisure park The Nooterhof in Zwolle.

Sitec Studio designed this building in a urban landscape plan we developed for our Landstede client.

The urban/landscape plan creates a combination of nature education buildings, a school and a museum within an revitalized nature education park with fields, forest and water. The school (C), the Museum (E) and the new bridge (11) have not been built.

Landscape Plan Nooterhof

The Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace, Lumbini, Nepal

Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace Lumbini nepal, from Mayadevi siteUnbeknown to many, the birthplace of the Buddha is, in fact, a mostly unheard of place called Lumbini in province number 5, Nepal. It borders Gandaki Pradesh and Karnali Pradesh to the north, Sudurpashchim Pradesh to the west, and Uttar Pradesh of India to the south.

In recent months, soil has been broken in Lumbini, kickstarting the beginning of the ambitious Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace to mark the place where the Buddha took birth under a bodhi tree. Currently, just a simple Maya Devi temple to the south of the 3km by 1km urban plan by famous Japanese architect Kenzo Tange and a dharma chakra wheel designed by Sitec Studio indicate the historic importance of the site. The dharma chakra wheel marks the spiritual centre of the future Mahasiddha Sanctuary.

Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace Lumbini Nepal , ceremony

The Sanctuary will measure 45m high and 80m in diameter and will contain a Grand Hall to accommodate more than 1000 persons for ceremonies and gatherings in the name of peace. At the top of the building is a planned Sanctuary Hall with a statue depicting Maya Devi giving birth to the Buddha. The Sanctuary will also house a museum, library and vegetarian restaurant.

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Also on the site will be a separate monastery including monk and retreat accommodation and an MEVP building.

190725 Architectural FT(Rev. A)_Moment URBAN120190114 locationB development Programmatic SketchBert Bulthuis of Sitec Studio Hong Kong is the lead coordinating architect for this ambitious project coordinating architectural and spiritual discourse between the client, H.E. Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche, the building committee, architects KplusK associates and consultants — the Beijing-based BIAD, and Kuala Lumpur-based JRP and Arcadis among them at venues across the Asia-Pacific region.

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Dear All,

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We hope that this message finds you well. The last few years have certainly been full of challenges which have changed the way we work and have tested our resilience. In 2021, STUDIO SITEC took a step back: we reassessed our goals and refocused on our philosophy and objectives.

Having done so, we look forward to a newly energized 2022 in which we work closely with our clients on meaningful and profitable projects in Asia and The Netherlands.

Best wishes,

 

Bert Bulthuis, Founder & Principal Architect, STUDIO SITEC

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