BiermanHenket designs the new Laarstede building for residential care organisation Het Laar. This new building will be added to the existing ensemble of three residential care buildings. In Laarstede, 68 apartments, 1 grand café and 7 meeting spaces are being realised. The preliminary design phase has been completed. The final design phase will start in April.
Together with the residents, employees of residential care organisation Het Laar are working to make every day a pleasant one. The core values of stylish, vibrant and well-maintained form the compass they rely on. These core values also present challenges to the design of BiermanHenket. Het Laar is characterised, among other things, by its beautiful location in a park-like environment. The design for the new building makes optimum use of this. The location of Laarstede, at the end of the existing buildings, ensures that the residents can live surrounded by the park. Light and green will also be central to the interior. The connection from the old to the new building consists of an entrance as an intermediate space, equipped with transparent facades that offer a beautiful transition between the park and the interior. The grand café is also positioned in this entrance. This space can also be used for meetings and events.
Laarstede offers the possibility of independent living, with care being provided as needed. The building has a flexible design, which makes it possible to rent out the apartments without a care function at a later time. All apartments and meeting areas will have an outdoor space in which residents can go outside without any thresholds - with a view of the surrounding greenery. Orientation also plays a major role: meeting spaces are recognisably placed and make optimum use of the different qualities of daylight. This supports the residents' day and night rhythm in a natural way.
Laarstede's concept consists of a hybrid construction: the tower is erected using traditional concrete technology in combination with sand-lime bricks. The facades have a finishing of prefabricated timber frame construction elements. Both the intermediate section and the balconies are constructed using a combination of laminated beams and CLT floor parts. In this way, we work on an optimum balance between sustainable construction, innovation, and realisation. The expected completion is scheduled for 2023.