De Oude Mars farm is a listed building built in 1938, designed
by architect P.A. Lankhorst. The farm is an enclosed farm round an
inner courtyard: a fairly uncommon type of farm outside the
province of Limburg. The farm is largely in its original
Commissioned by Stichting Zorgspectrum 't Zand, Bierman Henket architecten transformed the enclosed-courtyard farm into a contemporary care centre comprising housing units and a daytime activities centre for young people with a non-congenital brain disorder. These people, despite their disability, are active and mobile.
Clients should feel at home in the care centre and be encouraged to actively participate in society. While this listed farm offered appropriate opportunities, it also required far-reaching modifications in order to accommodate this target group. Existing architectural qualities were preserved by situating the communal functions in these special spaces. A more radical approach was adopted for the remaining space in order to offer two residential groups adequate facilities.
A new wing was built on the east side of the farm for these two residential groups. The volume is designed as a contemporary barn. The extension fits in well with the original design of the farm buildings and, with its modern architecture, showcases the farm's new function.
Stichting Zorgspectrum 't Zand
De Bruin Architecten, bouwbegeleiding
Schutte Bouw & Ontwikkeling
De Mars 19
8014 BJ Zwolle