...and what remains
is the precious life
we used and still
want to live

No more, no less

Dementia Villages

The Concept: Around the common and familiar building blocks lifestyles are built from a social approach. Look at day to day life and create conditions for the residents so that they are challenged by recognizable incentives to remain active in daily, precious life. In the nursing home groups residents with shared interests and backgrounds live together in a lifestyle-group. The design and decoration of the homes and surroundings is tailored to the lifestyles.


Alliade Meriant

Het programma omvat ongeveer 100 plaatsen wonen, verdeeld over kleinschalige woongroepen van ongeveer 16 woningen op de begane grond (9 stuks) en verdieping (7 stuks).

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Concept Bufalotta, Rome-IT

Many different design materials are used. This “common” design is ideal for people with dementia. Artists from Weesp provide artwork for exhibitions at De Hogeweyk. Their paintings and statues are on display throughout the project.

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Concept The Hogeweyk, Weesp-NL

De Hogeweyk provides care to patients with severe dementia. The vision focuses on salutogenesis. De Hogeweyk is designed as a normal residential area, so that residents feel they are living normal, everyday lives.

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Building bridges between old and young

Social Network Tilburg provides a radical new social network that merges with the existing structure of the city. A 3-dimensional solution to connect old urban structures with new activities and housing for the elderly who want to live within their existing social network.

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Russian Senior Housing and Care Market (RSHCM) Conference

Last year the Russian market have grown but it is still small and underdeveloped. The elderly population in Russia is over 30 million and growing, so the ageing Russian population is creating a lot of opportunities for Russian and foreign companies and respective joint ventures.

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DNHK Gouda

Als gevolg van de recente demografische ontwikkelingen staan zowel de Duitse als de Nederlandse markt voor seniorenwoningen voor grote uitdagingen. Deze uitdagingen zijn tijdens het bilaterale ondernemersforum ‘Zorgeloos thuis wonen’ aan de hand van concrete voorbeelden besproken.

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Camira Fabric

The main focus of the event was to promote the Camira ethos of ‘design with substance’. Over the past four years Camira have developed a healthcare specific range following vigorous research & we are now looking to organise this event to help inform a handful of their key customers.

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Das Alters- und Pflegeheim der Zukunft, June 2017

Die Zukunft vorherzusagen ist schwer. Langfristig sogar unmöglich. In nächster Zeit werden europaweit viele neue Alters- und Pflegeheime gebaut. Eine Notwendigkeit, bedingt durch die demografische Entwicklung.

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Intensive care, Architectuur en Design in de zorg

In de 19de en vroege 20ste eeuw hebben architecten en stedenbouwers een invloed rijke rol gespeeld bij het bestrijden van gevaarlijke infectieziekten zoals cholera en tuberculose. Met hun ontwerpen voor de aanleg van een riolering en waterleiding, verbeterde gebouwen en voldoende binnenstedelijk gro

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We are DVA

For those who have forgotten who they are. For those who no longer count time. For those to whom love and care is all that matters. Dementia Village Advisors creates custom living environments for elderly people with dementia. No big anonymous buildings, but instead manageable and pleasant residential areas. Where it is comfortable for everyone to live. Where residents feel safe at home. Where they enjoy living out their final days, connected with family, caregivers and healthcare providers. Where they can enjoy the precious life they were used to and still want to lead.

Frank van Dillen (1962)

Management - Architect

For his very first project in the care sector, Frank spent a week as an intern to learn all about the industry from the inside. In fact, he still does this on a regular basis. Frank has a son who is deaf, so he knows from personal experience how important it is to organize care in a demand-driven manner and to challenge institutions in this regard.

Frank graduated in 1992 as an architect from the Academy of Architecture in Tilburg. He is co-owner of Molenaar&Bol&VanDillen architects since 2001. In addition to his work, Frank is active as a board member in various social initiatives.



Michael Bol (1970)

Management - Architect

Michael’s unbridled efforts and inspiration come from the fact that his grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and admitted to a nursing home a few years ago. This inspires him to not settle for standard solutions but instead to always strive for the very best.

Michael studied at the Academy of Architecture in Tilburg. From 2001 he has worked as an architect and since 2008 as co-owner of Molenaar&Bol&VanDillen architects. In addition to his work, Michael is involved in social initiatives at a managerial level, especially in non-profit organizations dedicated to community building and organizing social crossovers.


We care

For elderly people with dementia, the world is small. Great deeds no longer count. It’s the simple things that make life worth living: your own home, a safe place, and - if possible – doing what you feel like doing.

Our architecture aims to connect with the residents’ wishes. Their way of living is our starting point. The necessary features of the interior, the public spaces and the functions that are necessary from the outside are all designed to meet their needs. This results in a familiar living environment for people with dementia and a higher quality of life.

We build

People do not think in terms of buildings, interiors and landscapes. They see the complete picture and experience its quality accordingly.


Together with the client we create a design in which urban planning, architecture, engineering, interior design and landscape are all integrated, based on our vision of what we feel care for the demented elderly should be. As a result, we do not design buildings but an independent residential area.

Living together is essential here but always from a private, safe place. Like this, we create a pleasant home where residents can live as independently as possible, in consultation with their families, caregivers and health professionals.

Silent know-how

Besides our technical skills, our knowledge consists of beliefs, ideals, values, schedules and mental orientations.

They are deeply engrained in our DNA and in our hearts. Our thoughts and actions are often guided by them without making them explicit.

This silent know-how constitutes part of the foundation of our Dementia Village projects.


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