The development of a residential complex by the housing association ‘Ymere’ focused on enabling independent living for the elderly without forced relocation as their care needs increase. The complex comprises 22 sustainable apartments and four group homes with 24/7 care for individuals with dementia, including both social housing and market-rate rental apartments. Additionally, a neglected 19th-century city block in Westerpark, Amsterdam, was revitalized as part of this project. The challenge was to design two five-story buildings that respect the architectural style of the canal district while providing a modern interpretation.
Architect Liesbeth Janson chose Accoya wood for the columns, verandas, and window frames, creating a softer appearance for the courtyard facades and almost making the white brick walls disappear behind the wooden veranda structures. The selection of Accoya wood was based on its quality, aesthetics, strength, low maintenance costs, and sustainability. Furthermore, all single-story buildings in the garden area feature green roofs.