MFA & GGZ Zeeheldenbuurt, Tilburg, Netherlands
Exemplary design categories: community use and involvement, integrated services, safetyHow the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
This multi-functional building accommodates a primary school, a playroom for young children, community support services, a gymnasium and a health centre. In addition, there are nine residential flats as well as accommodation and facilities for people with mental health problems requiring permanent care. The school is arranged so that everyone can get where they need to go without disturbing or confining others. There is a clear distinction between the communal spaces and the areas designated for individual facilities. The flats and permanent care facilities are on the second and third floors. The community centre and the health centre occupy separate wings of the L-shaped building. The primary school is set at the building’s core. There are 13 classrooms arranged over the ground and first floors, and a gymnasium and playground at ground level. Each age group occupies its own wing. The different user groups, including the school and a branch of the Netherlands Mental Health Care Association (GGZ), were consulted extensively at the planning stage.
Activity Areas: 13 classrooms, playground and day-care-centre, gymnasium, community centre, health centre with day treatment and support point for people with a restriction, 9 service flats and 27 patients stay for permanent care
Project costs: EUR 9,400,000.00
Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"