Carré van Bloemendaal

location
Brederodelaan 54, Bloemendaal
The Netherlands
status
finished
typology
luxurious residences
team
ir. Heiko Hulsker| ir. Robbert van der Lee| ir. Patrick Stijger| ing. Nicky Vrijhoef| Simone Keukens-Kiers| ing. Jos Vogel|

In 1848, the first psychiatric hospital in the Netherlands was built. The original plan, a rectangular, closed complex intended for 250 patients was designed by architect & landscape architect, J.D. Zocher Jr. In the following 150 years of usage it got many extensions and alterations and once counted nearly 1300 inhabitants. From 1996 the building was vacant and deteriorating rapidly. In 2015 our office started planning the renovation of this (rijks)monument, in which we designed 44 new luxurious residences that were finalized in 2017.

Ontwerp provenciale gesticht J.D. Zocher (1845) ©Gesticht in de Duinen
New design

respectful restoration

The essence of the transformation largely lied in restoring the original design while respecting the extensions, of which, in our view, the Van der Linden wings played the most significant role. Both northern and southern facades have been restored and canopies were added on these sides, rebuilt in the former style. The terraces extend into the adjacent park. The water basins have been placed and designed to symbolize the extensions of the former hospital. Uniformity and coherence served as our primary guiding principles for design decisions, allowing us to honor the original design while optimizing the new residential function.
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careful distinctions

We realized that a careful approach of the space surrounding the building was crucial for the success of this project. This applied not only to the residents and nearby community but also to preserving the character of the national monument. By incorporating elevated terraces along the outer facades and private gardens within the courtyard, we established a subtle distinction between residents and park users. 
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