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Design of the masterplan, housing and layout of the open space for DVC Zevenbergen in Ranst

DVC Zevenbergen in Ranst is home to people with significant to severe mental disabilities with additional disorders. The concept for the masterplan, the architecture and the landscape design is based on a positive view of the residents.

In the masterplan, life is organised around three themed landscape ‘rooms’: a horse meadow, an orchard and an animal pasture. From the houses, the residents look out on these different landscapes. The front doors of the houses are located along a road that runs across the site and connects the landscape rooms. This road ensures that the residents can walk or cycle independently on the site, leading to a lively dynamic of movement, views and passage.

The covered outdoor space adjoining the living areas softens the transition between inside and outside and, as an extension of the home, is a useful, sheltered place for the residents and their carers.

In the houses, which are each home to about eight to nine people, living is organised on one level around a generous patio where the residents live in familiar proximity to the carers. The living areas are designed as a cluster of smaller interconnected spaces that allow residents to live together qualitatively, while still responding to their individual characters and needs. The patios not only provide additional light to the surrounding living areas and rooms, but are also used as outdoor rooms, for collective or individual use.

Throughout the project, modest materials were used, but always with a strong focus on spaciousness and quality of experience.

  • client DVC Zevenbergen
  • location Ranst
  • date 2015 - present
  • status phase 2 of 3 executed, phase 3 in preliminary stage
  • icw (concept phase) Atelier d'Architecture Pierre Hebbelinck - Pierre de Wit
  • engineering office Study bureau stability, techniques and EPB ROBUUST architecture & research
  • team NU Freek Dendooven, Karel Verdonck, Arian Schelstraete, Tim Van Verdegem, Lucas Renson, Willem Broekaert