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Centre Omnicare, Apeldoorn

Centre Omnicare, Apeldoorn

Omnicare is a new social organisation for around 500 addicted and homeless people, which are dependant on psychiatric care. It offers a 24 hour integrated support (sleeping, eating, working and recreation) and concern.

The building is squeezed in between existing buildings in the centre of Apeldoorn. Because it adjoins both the Stationsstraat and a proposed new square FBW had to design two main facades. A passage through the building gives access to various workshops.  A lot of glass within the facades provides maximum contact between passers-by and workers.

In the centre of the complex a huge entrance hall opens up to the exterior. On the first floor around the void of the hall a roofgarden is projected, at which a Grand Cafe is situated. The 100 beds in their different size dormitories occupy the second to the fourth floor of the building and are grouped around an open courtyard. The courtyard is cladded with  a variety of plants. The street elevations are characterised by a rithm of cheerful coloured shutters that accentuate the facade.

The main objective of Omnicare is to guide clients to a permanent shelter and terms of employment. Omnicare is a temporary refuge not an ultimate destination.

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