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care estate Oude Tempel Soesterberg

The historic Oude Tempel estate in Soesterberg is being partially transformed into a care estate. For example, care apartments will be realized in the existing villa from 1919 and new care apartments will be built next to the villa. Also a residential care facility for people with dementia will be realized.

Care villa

The villa will be completely renovated and nine care apartments will be realized. The care apartments are rented to people over 55 who can call in care via a local home care organization. The villa will also have a general room on the ground floor, where residents can organize activities. The character of the villa is preserved as much as possible on the outside. The distinguished thatched roof tells a special story about the villa. The German occupier used the villa as headquarters during the Second World War. The entire hood was removed because it was in the field of fire. It was not until 2003 that the roof was restored to its original form and is now being subtly adapted to be able to realize the apartments.

Care apartment building

On the left side of the villa, a care apartment building will be realized with a total of thirty-eight care apartments spread over five floors. People can live here independently and care is available on demand. Characteristic of the building is the stepped facade, which is staggered on each floor in relation to the building layer below. The central hall fans out further and further from the top floor to the ground floor. This allows natural daylight entry through the openings in the roof and various staggered voids on the floors. This also ensures that a high experiential value is created in the central traffic area.


Due to the calm tones of the materials, the building is subordinate to the existing villa. For example, a masonry facade of brown-yellow Wasserstrich stone was chosen and the prefab concrete decorative elements provide horizontal articulation. These also serve as fencing for the balconies. The bronze anodized aluminum frames fit in well with this. In addition, the design includes a concrete pergola construction on the end facades of the first floor, where joint indoor and outdoor spaces are created. The pergola constructions also reinforce the main shape of the mass with the stepped facade structure.

Residential care facility

A residential care facility for people with dementia will be built on the right side of the villa. The building consists of four floors and has the same architectural features as the care apartment building. The residential care facility will have thirty-two care apartments, two guest rooms and four apartments that are suitable for couples who want to continue living together. In addition, two communal living rooms with large kitchens will be realized. There will also be a club where various activities for the residents and the neighborhood will be organized. Spacious terraces will be realized adjacent to the communal living rooms and clubhouse where residents can stay outside when the weather is good.

A project that is being realized in collaboration between Amvest Living & Care Fund, Oude Tempellaan Ontwikkeling, Cornelissen Bouw, Deltavormgroep and B+O Architecture and Urban Design / architect: Arnoud Olie / realization: 2023

Nature-inclusive and climate-adaptive

The surrounding grounds will match the historic character of the estate and will be designed in such a way that as many flora and fauna as possible will feel at home. For example, flowering gardens are interspersed with rougher meadows. Also a wadi is being constructed. Indigenous plants are used with a diversity of flowering times, which contributes to the development of an extensive biodiversity.

The buildings are also designed to be nature-inclusive. For example, nesting boxes and shelters for various birds and bats will be realized in the facades. This takes into account the flight height of various species. The outdoor areas under the pergola constructions are equipped with flower boxes containing a variety of nectar-bearing plants for wild bees and butterflies.

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