The Protected House, monochromatic communal residence for mentally disabled residents designed by Möhn + Bouman is located in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, the interaction of the building and its inhabitants with the environment is regulated by a white concrete platform, densely planted with a screen of birch trees.It is surrounding the building and its backgarden. In summer the trees provide shade, in winter they lose their leaves, allowing more light to penetrate the building. The building itself is clad with black concrete elements.
At the corner of the building the white platform is lifted to introduce a large, completely open corner, interacting with the surrounding public space. Here a large social meeting- and dining room is dominant along with supporting facilities. The main entrance is positioned here, right at the fold of the concrete platform. To guide people inward, the fold is extented as a twisting wall, leading towards an organically shaped connection to an atrium on the first floor, which gives access to the autonomous dwellings and a roof terrace above the entrance.