HUIS VAN DROO Community Centre by JDWA

HUIS VAN DROO Community Centre by JDWA
by JDWA. Area Droo-Zuid. [Duiven] The Netherlands
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Neighbourhood lounge from roerdompstraat. Huis van Droo Community Centre by JDWA.
Huis van Droo (lit. House of Droo) a community center in Duiven, the Netherlands was realised in january 2012 and was awarded with a prize in two categories; “Öffentliche Bauten/Public Buildings” & “Next Generation (unter/under 40). A project, a building result of an intensive dialogue with the neighbors, the community that use it. A project that has been able to answer giving its users a good project, good architecture. Awarded twice and we congratulate their designers. Congratulations to Johan and his team. Hat tip!

JDWA (Johan De Wachter Architects), together with users, developed 'Huis van Droo', a community centre new style,  as part of  the Master plan Droo-Zuid, Duiven.

Huis van Droo (lit. House of Droo) will be the heart of area Droo-Zuid, with a new gymnasium, the neighbourhood lounge, a child daycare centre and para-medic services. In December 2011 the building was finished and on January 2nd 2012 put into operation. The festive opening by users and alderman was on March 30th.

Master plan Droo-Zuid area - Duiven municipality wants to develop Droo-Zuid to be the centre of a neighbourhood transcending residential service area. JDWA worked together with Duiven municipality and Andries Geerse on the master plan for Droo-Zuid. The aim is to provide housing here for both younger and older people who require care, so they can live amidst their family, neighbours and friends. The heart of the housing & service area must not become a large foreign body with a care label. The challenge is to realize a residential area that derives it’s appeal from the (natural) mix of residents, the presence of low threshold facilities and services for both young and old, comfortable homes and a relaxed atmosphere in the public space.

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De Wachter, Johan Jacob Maria born 1976 (Belgium). Civil Engineer Architect; Catholic University Louvain (KU Leuven), Departement of  Architecture & Urban planning (2000). Membership: Stichting Bureau Architecten-register (architect registry).

After his studies at the University of Louvain in Belgium, Johan De Wachter moved to Rotterdam. From 2000 to 2004 more