This building complex was completely renovated and modernized by KAW Architecten&Adviseurs. Veilige Veste was actually constructed in the 1970s and served as a police station. Today it provides home for 48 girls that have suffered as victims of prostitution or abuse.
“The facade is covered with diagonally angled, square elements. Beneath the white squares, wooden panels and large windows regularly alternate along the ground floor elevations. The building stands on a raised plinth, creating a fortress-like appearance. Although providing an intimate and sheltered atmosphere for the residents, the building engages in interaction with its surrounding.”
Further it is the first major approach in the Netherlands to fit the design and modernization concept completely to the passive house standards and it is really something special here due to the fact that this concept was completely applied to an existing building of the 70s and implemented on a large scale.
Evolvo Architecture - Veilige Veste – First Large-scale Passivhaus Renovation in the Netherlands