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Rehabilitation Centre Groot Klimmendaal

Architectenbureau Koen van Velsen

Permeability and openness are key features of the Groot Klimmendaal Rehabilitation Centre in Arnhem, a small town in eastern Holland. The building blends effortlessly with the surrounding forest, the filtered forest light permeating the building. The healthcare centre is open on another level too, being designed for use not just by patients but also by the local community. In fact it is part of a broader masterplan by architect Koen van Velsen to turn the area into a public park with three high-density buildings. The building merges into its forest setting thanks to its minimal footprint, slender stilts supporting the upper cantilevered levels, an almost fully glazed double-height ground floor, the bronze-coloured anodised aluminium cladding on the upper levels that help camouflage and dissolve this 14 000 square metre volume in the forest. The spatial distribution programme is...

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