Zuidoostbeemster is a gardeners village on the edge of the Beemster. The village will double in population this decade and this growth requires to review the frameworks. The Orchard fulfills a role in. Amid the gardeners homes with a small bridge over the ditch (on the main structure of the Beemster Polder) and the houses on the hinterland is the building for the Orchard a marker in the transition of these two time periods and the new Beacon in the monotony of the houses on straddling of the old village and the new village. The Orchard is like a home for the entire community, from the toddler on the tree house to the card player in the Community Center. The building houses a Community Center, a nursery, a gymnastics Club and a school. The different building parts can be related to each other (so the school can care for the children after the kindergarten, they can sport in the classrooms and the children can give their performance at the Community Centre) and the spaces are shared (the gymnasium by the Gymnastics Club, the gym classes for the schoolchildren, the disco in the Community Center).
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