SURVEY AND SUPPER FOR ORANGE HOUSE ALMERE
28/08/2017 — Last week the building of the Orange House in Almere was officially finalized with a survey and supper. With the finalization, the third Orange House of the Blijfgroep became a fact.
The Orange House has been in use since july 2017. After the success of the Orange House in Alkmaar and the Orange House in Amsterdam, this Orange House is a women’s shelter new style. Women and children from Flevoland and the Gooi and Vecht areas can take shelter here from domestic abuse. Within the shelter they can stay in contact with friends and family, while working on increasing their resilience. Read more about the working method of the Orange Houses here.
FARO sat down together with the clients, the Alliantie and the Blijfgroep, contractor Van Wijnen, and interior designer Prosman architecten Together we elaborately evaluated the project. This team previously worked on the Orange House in Amsterdam. The experiences from the Almere project were compared to the experiences from the Orange House in Amsterdam and the original Orange House in Alkmaar. The results from the evaluation pointed out that the Blijfgroep regards the Orange House in Almere as the best Orange House yet. The Alliantie is also decidedly content with the high quality of the building. FARO is thrilled with the results. The building has an outstanding position at the neigh-bourhood Almere Poort, marking the new neighbourhood in an appealing way. Significant is the mixed use of office space and housing, specifically designed for the needs of the Blijfgroep. Finally, it was a hefty challenge was to design a smart interior with smart coordination. The resulting plan makes it possible for the Alliantie to easily convert the building into social housing apartments when the Blijfgroep moves out.
The successive supper with the entire team at the Almere harbour was an invitation from Van Wijnen: a festive completion of the intensive cooperation process.