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Nursing home de Schiphorst

B+O Architecten was commissioned by Woonconcept Vastgoed to design the new nursing home ‘De Schiphorst’. The nursing home was built on the hospital property of Zorgcombinatie Noorderboog in Meppel. The new building replaced the outdated Schiphorst on the adjacent plot. In addition, 24 senior housing apartments have been realised for care organisation Vanboeijen; the new Schiphorst and Vanboeijen apartments are suited for small-scale living situations.

The nursing home consists of five separate buildings, each two stories high. In total, there are 184 care apartments. On the southside of the building, residents overlook natural park Reestdal, in contrast with the busier north-facing section. The residents each have their own private bedroom and ensuite bathroom, in addition to a shared living room.

There 184 residents live in small groups of eight, in an intimate and familiar environment – making it possible for them to maintain an almost normal lifestyle. In the new building, several parties were involved:  Woonconcept, Woonconcept Vastgoed, Combination Noorderboog, Vanboeijen and architect B+O Architects.

architect: Arnoud Olie / client: Woonconcept Vastgoed / contractor: BAM woningbouw Noord / completion: 2013


With his design, Architect Arnoud Olie has created a place amidst nature in the countryside, where the elderly can experience a worthy final home. The new Schiphorst is a place where residents can immerse themselves in the scenery. From their living room, residents have a view of the Reestdal. In addition, the small scale of the project creates a ‘normal’ household, so the residents need to make minimum adjustments to their previous habits. Thus the focus of the project is on “living” and “life”, overshadowing the “care” aspect in a conventional nursing home.


Zorgcombinatie Noorderboog also commissioned B+O to design the interior for the new Schiphorst. The interior reflects the surrounding landscape of Reestdal, containing many natural materials and colours. In addition, we have chosen to giveevery room its own identity, so although the furniture are uniform in shape, the colours and upholsteries contrast. The patios have been given a different aesthetic, themed in Town, Tree and Water.


The construction of the Schiphorstis embedded with many sustainability measures: there are solar panels installed on the roofs of the buildings which account for approximately 50% of the power supply; the micro-CHP (Combined Heat and Power) system provides the buildings with heating, cooling and hot water. To ensure a pleasant and healthy inside climate, residential buildings are equipped with mechanical ventilation, which, in addition to heat reuse of the building itself, uses heat of the collective heating system.

This way, available heat sources are efficiently reused. Consequently, the heating will be further reduced allowing energy consumption to decrease. All timber used is FSC certified. Additionally, the oak siding is locally sourced from Drenthe’s sustainably managed forests. Furthermore, a rain water collection system is in place, collecting the rain water on the property and buffering it along the banks of the Reestdal.

ground floor main building

first floor main building

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