In Utrecht, rehabilitative care is reframed as 4-star hospitality
Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe together with Diederendirrix Architects envisioned a ‘healing environment’ for guests of Utrecht’s Zorghotel Domstate.
Utrecht’s Zorghotel Domstate isn’t your run-of-the-mill ‘four-star hotel’ – the Dutch facility offers guests rehabilitative care, but with all of the amenities and facilities of a top-notch hospitality venue. Design firm Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe worked with Diederendirrix Architects to render 84 hotel rooms, a restaurant, various treatment rooms and offices for the project, briefed by provider AxionContinu. Their idea was to design an environment that encourages recovery by giving guests autonomy and agency. ‘It’s about being “pampered”, wellness and feeling welcome,’ as the Diederendirrix team explains.
The spatial concept for the care hotel revolves around four themes. They capitalize on inhabitants being able to foster a relationship with the outdoors, have fun throughout the recovery process and feel that they’re in a positive atmosphere. At the same time, the designers and architects were considerate to building interiors that promote innovation and diversity through the workday for employees.