De Nieuwe Klinkenberg


Dementia patients as next-door neighbours


In what way can architecture contribute to the health and happiness of people who suffer from dementia? How to stimulate an inclusive society that is geared towards participation?


Wiegerinck thematizes these questions in the design for an ensemble of 120 apartments and 13 guest rooms for residents with dementia and somatic conditions. The concept realizes an ensemble of four buildings enclosing a courtyard, located in the heart of a residential area. Passageways connect the courtyard with the neighbourhood and offer an invitation to go out for a stroll. This creates opportunities for encounters, participation and social cohesion. The Vilente care concept is based on group homes of ten residents; each patient occupies a two-room apartment of 45 square metres with private sanitary spaces. All group homes include a ‘shared living room’ where people can meet.


The courtyard is open to the local community; neigbours are invited to actively make use of it and to participate in various initiatives. There will be a greenhouse maintained by the neighbourhood as well as a playground and an exercise garden. This will hopefully lead to encounters, meeting others and strengthening social ties.


The property concept was developed in line with market conditions and anticipates the separation of living and (health)care.




Ede, Netherlands



120 apartments and support spaces



10,880 m² GFA



2015 – 2018



In progress






Jarno Nillesen, Joris Alofs, Frans Frederiks, Anja Dirks, Bert Muijres, Rogier Penning, Dennis Roijen, Tom Vlemingh, Arle van Rens, Tim Loeters, Inge Geurts


In collaboration with

Huisvestingsadvies BBN, Ingenieursbureau Linssen, Poelmans Reesink, Bartels Ingenieurs

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