Dutch care home operator Dichterbij has launched an open international competition to overhaul a 22,000m² facility in Mikado, Horst
Organised by Phidias Community Cooking, the contest seeks proposals to upgrade services at the facility in line with contemporary ‘healthcare 2.0’ standards.
The complex (pictured) currently features seven buildings, of which three may be comprehensively redeveloped, a further three should be renovated while the main central building must be preserved.
According to the brief: ‘The requirement for this location is as follows: to create a design that will accommodate long-term care. The basis of the design should be healthcare 2.0, also allowing space for other functions, and not a standard healthcare concept.
‘One is free to interpret the healthcare 2.0 concept in one’s own way, with virtually everything being acceptable. But take care! The location is in the middle of a residential area, and the residents place a high level of importance on the quality of life in the village. We want to guarantee the quality of life, which means that the new design should complement its environment.’
Dichterbij provides specialist long-term care for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and strong behavioural and psychiatric problems.
The existing complex was built in 1995 and features several small rooms, a shared kitchen and living room, and a large garden.
The rural village of Horst is a popular tourist destination with several nature reserves, rivers, moors, forests and an amusement park nearby.
Phidias Community Cooking is a collaborative architectural platform focusing on innovative and sustainable design. It is supported by Jo Coenen Architects & Urbanists, Robobank financial services and other local stakeholders.
Previous contests organised by Phidias include Set Foot in Sittard which sought ideas to regenerate vacant commercial premises at the centre of the historic Dutch city.
Dichterbij director Marcia Adams and Phidias architect Joop Petit are among the five members of the jury.
Digital submissions may feature up to two A1-sized PDF boards and must include a design concept, graphical framework, 3D views and a well written explanation of the project.
The winner will receive around £1,200 and the opportunity to develop the scheme further. A second place prize of £340 and third place prize worth £250 will also be awarded alongside ten honourable mentions.
The deadline for applications is 17 October.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Phidias Community Cooking
Rijksweg Zuid 27
6131 AL Sittard