Stad­shoven is an apart­ment­build­ing in the newly devel­oped neigh­bor­hood Weidevenne-​Europa in Purmerend. Half of the 52 rental units are for the social rental mar­ket, the other half is for spe­cial needs res­i­dents: shel­tered liv­ing for peo­ple with a slight men­tal hand­i­cap and for peo­ple with social prob­lems. These spe­cial homes look the same as the rest of the build­ing; the front door doesn’t show that assisted liv­ing is being pro­vided here. This way, the res­i­dents can fully merge into the neighborhood.

A gallery con­nects the four build­ing blocks made of brick. Con­nected, the build­ing has the right scale for its loca­tion: at the edge of the plan, near a high way. The gallery also defines the look of the build­ing with can­tilever bal­conies and a spe­cial glass para­pets. Artist Mar­tijn Sand­berg ‘wrote’ a text on these para­pets using a raster of sand­blasted dots. The text refers to the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of the glass and the res­i­dents of the apart­ment building.

FARO Architecten Lisserbroek

land­goed de olmen­horst
lis­ser­weg 487d
2165 as lisserbroek

ves­tig­ing oost
oude kraan 72
6811 ll arnhem

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