Jeroen Pit Huis named Care Building of the Year 2022

During the celebratory presentation of the Architectenweb Awards 2022, on Wednesday evening 12 October at Keilepand in Rotterdam, the Jeroen Pit House on the Amsterdam UMC square was named Care Building of the Year 2022. The environment where seriously ill children can get used to the step from hospital to home is designed by Concrete Architectural Associates in a building designed by Brique Architecten.

Jeroen Pit House is a place where chronically, seriously ill children and their families can prepare for the transition from a longer stay in hospital to their own home. They are surrounded by medical, nursing and psychosocial care in an environment where life continues as normally as possible.

Concrete has programmatically cleaned up and rebuilt the floor plan of the building, detached on a green part of the Amsterdam UMC grounds, with the purpose of the Jeroen Pit House in mind. This made it possible to place all the medical equipment of a hospital in a home environment. The house consists of eight homely family apartments around care and common areas like a small village.

The design of Beton can be seen as a building within a building. The enclosing building was designed by design architects Brique Architecten and executive architects TPAGH architects. The building that has been realized at the heart of that building was designed by Concrete on the basis of the program developed together with Het Jeroen Pit Huis Foundation, VanKarnebeek4Kids Foundation, Amsterdam UMC, Support Emma Children’s Hospital, Het Lindenhofje / Salvation Army Goodwill Centers Amsterdam and many other…

The jury’s assessment
Because the Jeroen Pit House is a new concept, the architecture is also new. The jury appreciates that in this relevant, innovative typology, architecture in itself is not central, and that the interior primarily serves.

The programmatic set-up corresponds to the purpose of the house: to provide a safe and secure place where children can get used to the home situation together with the rest of the family after a long period of hospital treatment. The architects cleverly let the rooms flow into each other, while at the same time creating a living room feeling.

The temporary residents can choose whether they want to be alone or participate in the collective. The apartments are accessible from the main social areas, like houses on a street or village square. The ‘apartments’ are already separated, and the collective space is arranged so that everyone can find their place. The freedom of choice helps to reduce stress. There are experience areas and the children can play and discover.

In this project, the jury finally wondered if the design of Oncree is sufficient ‘building’ to be named Healthcare Building of the Year. The jury thinks so.

Other nominees
In addition to the Jeroen Pit House, three other projects were nominated in this category. These were Entrance Park and Pavilion Amsterdam UMC, location AMC (Temp.architecture & studio Nuy van Noort), Isala Meppel (Vakwerk architects) and Ronald McDonald Huiskamer Nijmegen (Thoben & Minten and EGM architects).

Entries for the award for Care Building of the Year 2022 were assessed on social relevance, craftsmanship and degree of innovation. This year, the jury consisted of Willemineke Hammer (EGM Architecten), Sheryl Leysner (Sherylleysner), Jan Nauta (Studio Nauta), Vincent Panhuysen (KAAN Architecten), Maarten Terberg (EVA architecten) and Martine Vledder (SITE urban development).

In addition to the award for Care Building of the Year, awards were also presented on 12 October in the following categories: Residential Building of the Year, Office Building of the Year, School Building of the Year, Interior Design of the Year and Public Building of the Year. The winner of the election for Architect of the Year 2022 has also been announced.

Architectenweb presented the architectural awards in collaboration with the main partners Reynaers Aluminum and Forster and the partners QbiQ Wall Systems and Cerriva.

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