American barns as reference

Reinaerde care-apartment complex

  1. steel
  2. architecture
  3. care centre

The new apartment complex at the corner of Boudewijn Büchstraat and Annie M.G. Schmidtstraat in Utrecht has been inaugurated. The building is the fourth in the row, placed into a green setting and characterised by its robust omnipresence. The shape was created in reference to typical American barns, with the façade being clad in black steel façade-slabs combined with warm wood. Housing corporation Portaal rents out the location to care organisation Reinaerde.

Reinaerde back garden


The roof of the apartment complex is equipped with 200 PV panels; in addition, the complex is connected to district heating. The façade consists mainly of metal cladding, supplemented by wooden façade parts. A special feature of this project is that the apartments are designed in such a way that they can be converted into regular social housing.


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