OCMW Nevele seniors’ residence, designed by 51N4E, is a highly visible building with a skin of dark red brick which stands out in the town of Nevele, Belgium. The architects designed a building that takes into account not only the needs of the guests and staff of the facility but those of visiting friends and relatives, offering spaces with differing degrees of privacy.
The residents’ rooms are divided into two parts: a living area and a bedroom area, with different degrees of privacy, using big sliding doors that can open up the private sitting rooms onto the corridor to make them a part of the life of the community, establishing a relationship with the other guests and the staff. The wide corridors are an extension of the private rooms, collective spaces like the belvedere patio on the first floor.
The layout of the construction is Y-shaped, abutting an existing building containing common areas. The home fits into its urban surroundings with big windows, and is not closed in on itself but open to the world around it. The transparency of the glass establishes constant visual contact with the town and its inhabitants, so that the home is not a place for forgetting about the outside world, but a place where people continue to be a part of it.
Design: 51N4E (partners: Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn, Peter Swinnen), (team: Kelly Hendriks, Aline Neirynck, Karel Verstraeten, Bob De Wispelaere, Tine Cooreman, Joram Van Den Brande, Maddalena Treccani, Tom Baelus)
Landscape design: LAND – Antwerpen, Belgium
Location: Nevele, Belgium
Images courtesy of 51N4E ph. Filip Dujardin (www.filipdujardin.be), ph. Paul Steinbruck