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OC Sint-Idesbald

Location Roeselare, Belgium
Timeline 2014 - 2020

new home for children and youths with a slight mental disability, behavioural problems or problems in the home situation

Intro

This new residence for the Sint-Idesbald orthopedagogical centre for special needs education can accommodate 60 children and youths, including a GES+ department. The design strongly focuses on privacy and homeliness, through sober materials with a local reference. The small-scale design and connection between the interior and the exterior wants to offer the youngsters a home from home.

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Client(s)
  • Brothers of Charity
Architects
  • VK
Stats
60 inhabitants
3900 m²

Story

Some children stay here almost permanently. Therefore, privacy and homeliness are crucial.

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On the main campus De Zilten in Roeselare, VK Architects & Engineers designed a new home for 60 children and young people under residential supervision. These children and youths - between the ages of 3 and 20 - have a slight mental disability, behavioural problems or problems in the home situation, sometimes in combination with autism. Some children go home at weekends or during the holidays, others stay here almost permanently. Therefore, privacy and homeliness are crucial. There is also a special GES+ department, a closed department with 12 rooms for temporary crisis situations.

The design includes six separate residential buildings for each living group, which are linked into one building. At the heart are the central functions, with a small-scale and human feel by filtering out any rigid linearity. In addition, each resident has his own "house" with front door, bicycle storage per house, living room with kitchen, own bedroom ...

The use of materials refers to the rural style of the area: natural, sober materials such as brick with its typical, local look. A limited colour spectrum throughout the entire design is meant to bring quiet and familiarity to both residents and caregivers.

VK Architects & Engineers has been working on mental health care projects for decades. Together with the Brothers of Charity, this means that hundreds of people in vulnerable situations can rely on professional care in an adapted, specially designed living environment.

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