Louis Bouwmeesterstraat 377, Amsterdam
partially demolished in 2011
PUBLICATIONS:Bouw 1976 p. 207; Architectural Review 1976-feb; Bauen + Wohnen 1976-1; Domus 1977-apr; Architecture + Urbanism 1977-3; W.J. van Heuvel - Structuralisme in de Nederlandse architectuur, 1992
This old-age block for the mentally and physically handicapped consists of housing, a convalescent home and a nursing home. Four wings of dwelling units join at a large central encounter area. The 'encounter' principle determines the division into corridors ('inner streets'), widenings ('squares') and encounter area ('village square'). A constructional system of precast concrete elements and variable degrees of glazing allows occupants to inject something of their own personality. Part of the complex has been renovated by Wytze Patijn.