Architectenbureau Koen van Velsen Rehabilitation Centre Groot Klimmendaal
Arnhem || The Netherlands
Course Description The course looks at a new rehabilitation center that serves not only as a new clinical facility but also as a community space. Designed by Koen van Velsen, the program focuses on merging nature and building to a point at which they become one and the same. A descriptive text, pictures, a series of technical drawings, and a detailed construction drawing with legends provide in-depth information on the construction techniques employed, the materials used and the strategies adopted to ensure patient welfare in positive surrounds. On completion of the course the student will have a clear idea of the range of features required by a building designed for special-needs users, and the particular attention demanded of the designers.
Learning Objectives – after reading the article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
Describe the design strategies and methods used to plan a building with a minimal environmental footprint.
Explain how the materials used for the envelope, the structural frame, and the different colors of finishes and fittings enhance occupant comfort and also increase patient wellbeing.
Demonstrate the project strategies used to blend the building into its context.
Explain the spatial distribution strategy that makes available communal spaces as well as private, more sheltered environments conducive to restfulness and quiet.