Laag Soeren, the Netherlands

Living with a
mental disability

Schreuderhuizen provides care and support to children, youngsters and the elderly with a mental disability. Normal people who have every opportunity, but also a few limitations. The Laag Soeren site is a quiet location within the traditional ribbon development of the village center. Small scale, involvement and individual attention for the residents are key to the design. The six residential groups house no more than seven residents. Daily life goes on in the residential groups, but the design also ensures that there is a lot of contact between the residents.

Relationship with the environment

Schreuderhuizen has opted for several, small residential buildings to foster the closest possible relationship with the ‘normal’ residential environment. What’s more, contact with the natural environment is used to maximum effect and an attempt has been made to find a way to continue interacting with the village. All of this is done to ensure that residents can function in society as naturally as possible without the required care being too obvious.

Project data

Laag Soeren, the Netherlands
Two new residential buildings for 24 mentally disabled people
1,360 m² GFA
2007 – 2012
Stichting A.G.S.V. Schreuderhuizen
Stichting A.G.S.V. Schreuderhuizen
Hans Beekhoven, Koen Arts, Martijn Akkerman, Gerald Kasteel
In collaboration with
De adviseurs, Van der Werf en Lankhorst
René de Wit