De Oude Mars is a tenant farm just outside Zwolle, built in 1938 on the former estate of Zandhove. The farm (by architect P.A. Lankhorst) is what is known in Dutch as a ‘hofboerderij’ (courtyard farm) and houses a care centre with two communities and a day centre for people with non-congenital brain injuries or mental health problems. The farm has been extended with a new residential building.
The original listed farm building has been completely restored. The façades have been cleaned, the windows fitted with insulating glass, wooden façades have been installed behind shutters and stable doors, floors and walls have been insulated and the thatched roof has been completely renovated. Two communities of eight rooms of approximately 30 m2 have been created in the farm. Each room has its own bathroom, the eight rooms together form a community with a living room and a kitchen where people cook communal meals.