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.