Design Brief

The world is in the palm of our hand thanks to technological and digital developments of the past two decades. Fast internet, new devices and applications have made us more self-reliant and give us more instant control of our own lives. This also goes for healthcare, a field in which the development of new tools and systems has taken a rapid pace. New products and services assist medical professionals and simplify the lives of clients and patients, enabling them to live their lives more independently.

This trend has a large impact on the vision of today’s leaders on care. ‘Care 2.0’ according to Dichterbij: Enabling clients in all possible ways to live their lives as normal as possible, regardless of the character of their disabilities. How does that affect care? The faster the pace of developments in care, the larger the gap becomes between vision on care 2.0 and the current spatial design. Time has come to critically review the way we spatially organize care.

Dichterbij Velp is a Dutch healthcare organization that provides care for mentally disabled children and adults, for their parents and their network. The organization is active in the southern provinces of The Netherlands and offers a broad spectrum of care to their target groups. 

From residential locations to day care activities, from specialized tailor-fit therapy to group care. Dichterbij actively strives for an undivided society, in which people with mental disabilities participate fully. Dichterbij also encourages society to discover this group’s talents and opportunities.

For their location in Velp (a village located in the municipality of Grave, in the province of Noord Brabant, The Netherlands) Dichterbij is looking for innovative ideas and concepts for the spatial realization of care. With a location in the periphery of Velp, Dichterbij Velp aims for more connection and exchange with the community of Velp and increased social integration. In the current situation, the clients live in residential clusters, daily day care activities are organized mainly in the activity centre and there are little to no leisure facilities.

How can the spatial quality and the architectural layout of Dichterbij Velp contribute to a normal life for clients and a pleasant place to work for employees? How can a redeveloped area fuel sustainable connections with the nearby village of Velp and stimulate social integration?

Dichterbij Velp is looking for an innovative concept that offers space for living, day care activities and leisure that fits the needs of its clients and employees. It must become a place where clients can receive care in a safe and sheltered environment. At the same time the new concept must have an open and transparent character that stimulates social integration and strengthens the connection with the inhabitants of Velp.


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Our aim is to let the winners participate in the realization of the project.

Dates & Fees



28 August 2017
01 October 2017



02 October 2017
05 November 2017



06 November 2017
29 November 2017


Jocko Wittenaar

Unit Manager Stichting Dichterbij

Antal Smits

Real Estate Manager Stichting Dichterbij

Berit Ann Roos

Director of the Academy of architecture, Groningen

Joop Petit

Managing Partner Phidias & Innovator

Linda Dekkers

Employee Stichting Dichterbij location Velp

Arne Ehlhardt

Father of Jons (resident Dichterbij Velp)

Iva König

Architect at IBA Parkstad

Pieter van Dieperbeek

Alderman Municipality of Grave

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