Ebbingehof is much more than just an apartment complex - it's a community. It's a building that not only provides housing, but also enables connection and engagement with one another. The challenge for architect Moriko Kira was therefore to give the building an open appearance, in which the spruce wood from Platowood plays an essential role.
The collaboration between Platowood and Moriko went very smoothly. We were involved in the design process from the start, which allowed us to provide valuable advice. This ultimately helped to determine the material and the manner of application. "In the Netherlands we often see bricks. Wood offers many possibilities and gives the architect room to play," says Moriko. The spruce wood was not only essential for the open appearance, but also to keep the façade light. Ebbingehof is located above an underground car park. The use of wood reduces the weight compared to bricks, which reduces the load on the car park structure.
"The wood from Platowood is defining and has a natural appearance - not hard or cold. This can serve as an expressive element. This creates an inviting street scene that creates a sense of welcome."
The award-winning building, created from cooperative housing, is jointly owned by the Ebbingehof Groningen Foundation. Ebbingehof has 40 apartments for people over 50, with two spacious roof terraces and 140m2 of communal space. Plenty of space for meeting and being together - if you ask us!