The architecture of KENK > Residents'participation
The building ‘Nachtschade’ in the Malburgen district borders the busy ring road of Arnhem and therefore acts as a sound buffer for the whole neighbourhood. In the South-East façade, facing the neighbourhood, the private outdoor spaces are combined with an access gallery. Facade, gallery and construction are entirely of wood. This gives the building a transparent and soft character and has led, through the input of residents, to an exuberant living culture. In an article in 'The Gelderlander', a local newspaper, the interviewed residents even spoke about ‘a permanent holiday feeling’. For us, the commitment of the residents is a sign that they feel safe and at home in their dwellings.
Other projects of KENK show a similar involvement. In the collective entrances of ‘Fenice’ in Amsterdam the residents have placed plants and hung paintings. At the elderly housing ‘Prinzeven’ in Diemen, the wooden porches inspired the residents to a lavish display of flowers.