't Thaal, Echt-Susteren

Completion of housing care complex  “’t Peijerhoes” in Echt-Susteren took place in November 2010. This complex is intended for the customers of “Orbis” in Sittard. Together with the previously completed “d’n Hengenderhoaf” it constitutes a care zone right in the heart of ‘t Thaal. Under the auspices of “Vastgoed 2Duizend” from Reuver, VAN AKEN made the design for both buildings with a a large atrium as common feature.

Beautiful ensemble with outstanding facilities

The entrances to the buildings are situated facing each other. “D’n Hengenderhoaf” consists of four floors of 40 rental apartments and 10 luxury apartments for sale. On the ground floor one finds a care avenue with a commercial area intended for various community and care facilities: a day-nursery, hairdresser, library, GP surgery, a shop that specialises in rehabilitation aids  and a chemist. Also there is a parking garage. “‘t Peijerhoes” consists of three floors intended for “Orbis clients”. On the ground floor are to be found five group dwellings for use by 30 psychogeriatric (PG) clients. On the first and second floors there are 32 care apartments.


Both buildings have a lovely large atrium in which the front doors of the residential spaces are located. The PG clients have from the common living-room a view both of the atrium and the street. The atrium provides a connection with the rest of the residents of “‘t Peijerhoes” and ensures sufficient daylight, comfort, an intimate atmosphere and an environment with an overriding feeling of safety. In “d’n Hengerderhoaf” the atrium fulfils more the function of a square  which can be an lively meeting-place for residents.  The is a lounge environment in this area amongst other activities like chess and Indoor bowls.  

Material use and environmental issues

At various places incisions are made in the building volumes. In this way the buildings merge into the small-scale surroundings and also form an identifiable point of recognition within  ‘t Thaal. With the red brick basis and the white flourishes the buildings establish a connection to the rest of the buildings in the vicinity. Thus an attractive and dynamic whole is created. Around the buildings, located as they are  in a green environment, wadi’s are  created for the collection and infiltration of rain water.


Thaalweg Oost


19,930 m²



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