Completion of De Oude Mars care centre
De Oude Mars care centre, located just outside Zwolle, was completed this week. Bierman Henket architecten transformed this hofboerderij, a listed building, into a contemporary care centre with housing units and a daytime activities centre.
De Oude Mars farm is a listed building built in 1938, designed by architect P.A. Lankhorst. The farm is an enclosed farm round an inner courtyard: a fairly uncommon type of farm outside the province of Limburg. The farm is largely in its original state.
Commissioned by Stichting Zorgspectrum 't Zand, Bierman
Henket architecten transformed the enclosed-courtyard farm into a
contemporary care centre comprising housing units and a daytime
activities centre for young people with a non-congenital brain
disorder. These people, despite their disability, are active and
Clients should feel at home in the care centre and be encouraged to actively participate in society. While this listed farm offered appropriate opportunities, it also required far-reaching modifications in order to accommodate this target group. Existing architectural qualities were preserved by situating the communal functions in these special spaces. A more radical approach was adopted for the remaining space in order to offer two residential groups adequate facilities.
A new wing was built on the east side of the farm for these two residential groups. The volume is designed as a contemporary barn. The extension fits in well with the original design of the farm buildings and, with its modern architecture, showcases the farm's new function.