This new type of project for Youth Housing is an important initiative that addresses the specific housing problems of young professionals between 18 and 30 years old, with solutions as strategically defined by the “CHANGE=” organization. OZ has translated these preconditions into a clear and coherent building project, offering tailor-made housing and amenities.
Change= is all about creating an inspired learning enviroment for young adults. For a long time, in the Netherlands, too few apartments have been built for young adults. These people are simultaneously at the beginning of their working and housing career. Even if they have a job, it takes too long to obtain an independent accommodation. This problem happens mostly in the city. Even if there is an independent accommodation, it usually doesn’t meet reasonable standards.
This unstable living situation can also have a significant impact on the lives of these young people. Usually with a negative spiral as a result. It has become an issue with great consequences. Change= was established to serve this group of young adults. Commissioned by Change= OZ has interpreted the ambition to provide a foundation for a successful start and a prosperous future through youth housing as an integral part of the important chain: Housing, employment, and environment. Change= is pushing for that chain. OZ translated these principles into a highly efficient layout and a striking building which, within the management formula of Change=, uses every possible opportunity to create a “sense of community” for its users.
The starting point for this project was to create a living environment that also gives people self-confidence. If people are proud of the environment in which they live, they will continue to want to live there. they’d also be careful of it and form social networks. All this in turn has a positive impact on the living environment. In conclusion, this means that in the transition from the outside world to the inside world, the building must radiate its place at the center of society, belonging and inviting people to come inside.