TEAM & PARTNERS
Michiel Van Driessche
Willemijn Van Manen
Ter Apel, The Netherlands
ASYLUM SEEKERS CENTER
A NEIGHBORHOOD FOR TEMPORARY RESIDENTS
The asylum seekers center in Ter Apel is the largest reception center of the Netherlands, accommodating up to 2000 people. It is designed as a neighborhood for temporary residents, and combines housing with schools, health facilities and sports program. Houses are clustered as 8 neighborhoods around a central space.
At the entrance, the reception is combined with the school. A boulevard leads to the central park strip, accommodating outdoor sports fields and pavilions with health care facilities. Eight different neighborhoods are located along the edges of the park. The facilities of every cluster are combined in a special pavilion, on a square along the park strip. The houses are organized around a public courtyard per cluster with playgrounds. Every gardens is designed in a different way, to allow for diversification in the area and recognition by the residents. In front of the buildings, a lifted zone offers private terraces for every single house. The areas between the different clusters offer quite spaces for reflection.