Instituut Verbeeten


Open and intimate

A radiotherapy satellite location was developed for Instituut Verbeeten next to the Amphia Hospital in Breda. The new building and its two radiation bunkers cuts travelling time for patients living on the fringes of the catchment area. A healing environment is the main design principle.


Patients experience daylight at every step of their treatment. The shell around the building creates various patios in the waiting and treatment rooms. It forms a filter between the outside world and the building, creating a feeling of openness and privacy.


Furniture from previous decades provides the desired intimacy. The furniture was completely restored and given a second lease of life. The symbolism of “a second lease of life” is something many patients express before and after their treatment.

Shaping the atmosphere of a room can have a positive influence on the healing process. In the radiation bunkers, patients can select music and the colour of the light themselves, which reduces stress levels.


The project was nominated for the 2012 Hedy d’Ancona Award.




Breda, Netherlands



Center for radiotherapy



1,794 m² GFA



2007 – 2010






Instituut Verbeeten



Instituut Verbeeten



Jarno Nillesen, Alfons van de Berg, Frans Frederiks, Henk Ellenkamp, Carl Peter Goossen, Marieke van ‘t Hoff, Gerard Kasteel, Miriam Poch, Paul Numan, Roy Pype


In collaboration with

Aronsohn, Deerns raadgevend ingenieurs, Gebroeders Brouwer, FabriekNL