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care estate Oude Tempel Soesterberg

The historic Oude Tempel estate in Soesterberg is partly being transformed into a care estate. For example, care apartments will be realized in the existing villa from 1919 and a care apartment complex will be built next to the villa. There will also be a double guest house.

Care villa

The villa will be completely renovated and nine care apartments will be built. The care apartments are rented out to people over 55 who can call in care on demand through a local home care organization. The villa will also have a general area 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 a headquarters during the Second World War. The entire thatched roof was removed because it was in the field of fire. The roof was not restored to its original shape until 2003 and is now being subtly adapted in order 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. You 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 floor below. The central hall fans out further and further from the top floor to the ground floor. This allows natural daylight to enter 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 space.


The building is subordinate to the existing villa due to the subtle tones of the materials. For example, a masonry facade of brown-yellow Wasserstrich stone has been chosen and the prefab concrete decorative elements provide a 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 walls of the first floor, where a shared indoor and outdoor space is created. These also ensure that the main shape of the mass matches the stepped facade structure.

Double Gastenhuis

On the right side of the villa there will be a double Gastenhuis. Here, care is provided on a small scale to people with dementia. The building consists of four floors and has the same architectural characteristics as the care apartment building. Both care homes will be under the same roof and will operate independently of each other. Each location has sixteen care apartments, one guest room and two apartments that are suitable for couples who want to continue living together. In addition, each care home will have a communal living room with large kitchen. Spacious terraces will be realized on the south, west and east sides where residents can stay outside in good weather. Between the two main entrances on the north side of the building there will be a shared clubhouse with a terrace.

architect: Arnoud Olie / clients: Oude Tempellaan Ontwikkeling B.V. and Amvest / contractor: Cornelissen Bouw

Nature-inclusive and climate-adaptive

The surrounding area, for which Deltavormgroep has designed a landscape plan, will match the historic character of the estate and will be arranged in such a way that as many flora and fauna as possible will feel at home. For example, blooming gardens alternate with rougher meadows and a wadi is constructed. Native plants are used with a diversity of flowering times, which contribute to the development of an extensive biodiversity.

The buildings are also designed in an environmentally inclusive manner. Nest boxes and hiding places are being created in the facades for various birds and bats. This takes into account the flight height of various species. The outdoor areas under the pergola constructions will be provided with flower boxes containing a diversity of nectar-bearing plants for wild bees and butterflies.

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