Villa’s for the visually impaired

Commissioner: Visio / Stichting Novum
Area: 304 m2 bruto
Building costs: € 1.200.000 excl. btw
Year of design 2001
Year of delivery: 2004
Address: Hilversumsestraatweg 180, Huizen, Nederland

The villas are situated on visio’s own site, in a green environment in ‘het gooi’. The task was to create three houses for 24-27 (semi) self-supporting visually impaired inhabitants with 8-9 persons per house. Taken in consideration was the possibility to later sell the houses as private villas in this beautiful environment. The houses are divided into two elements, coupled by a glass corridor. The space between the two elements is a sheltered patio as a quiet outdoor space. The ground floor consists of in the lower element the 3 bedrooms for people with more than a visual handicap, while the living room, kitchen and activity room are situated in the higher element. The first floor consists of bedrooms for the rest of the group. De buildings are defined by ‘light, air and space’, are made of brickwork and glass, with a gentle sloping roof in the higher volumes.