Staying in charge of life for as long as possible and remaining part of Mechelen society
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EGM architects designed a new building to replace the existing Hof van Egmont residential care facility. Workshops held before starting on the design assignment helped in defining the brief. One of the ambitions of the brief was to let the residents of the new Hof van Egmont experience the urban character and liveliness of the centre of Mechelen. This helps residents to remain part of Mechelen society and allows them to maintain control of their lives for as long as possible.
The building consists of a residential care centre, centres for day care, a short-stay centre and night care facility. The residential care centre contains living units for eight residents with dementia and psychiatric disorders, and units for residents of clear mind with varying care needs in an independent home. The facility can accommodate a total of 210 permanent residents.
Located on the ground floor of the building are various commercial spaces, including a brasserie open to both residents and outside visitors. The new Hof van Egmont therefore functions as an urban living room, where young and old meet one another in a natural manner. Supporting automation enables residents to move freely inside and around the building within their own living circles.
The facilities in the residential care centre are intended for both residents and outside visitors. Located on the ground floor of the building is a brasserie open to both residents and outside visitors. Beside it are commercial spaces. Open to everybody, the courtyard garden forms part of a new route through the city.
Hof van Egmont is a collaboration between EGM architects and LLOX architects from Belgium.