Dr. Sarphatihuis

Interior Gardens

Interior Architect: D/DOCK & MOSS

Green Architect: MOSS

Location: Amsterdam

Design Year: 2022

Construction Year: 2022 (photos coming soon)

Project: Biophilic design in the interior

Parties involved:  Koninklijke Ginkel Groep, Furnify, Intos and Nook


The nursing home, Dr. Sarphatihuis is located in the heart of Amsterdam and has a typical but unique Amsterdam character. The building houses various disciplines which also ensures a wider variety of people assemble in this space. The main space for congregation is the Atrium. The building is located in the Plantage and has heritage value, enhancing the atmosphere of the space as a result of the beautiful façades also visible in the Atrium.

Acknowledging that ‘green’ or nature plays an important role in people’s physical and mental health is not a new phenomenon. However, this project had the perfect opportunity to integrate green as it has an atrium with high ceilings, an abundance of light and acts as a second living room for the people who live and work in this space.


Plants have a positive effect on people, stimulate the senses and create a healing environment. By integrating plants into the atrium under the concept of ‘A stroll around in the park’, we bring the acoustics, human scale, dynamism and sense of security that the atrium needs. Since the atrium is a place where many different activities must be able to be held, a design with a modular system was chosen. This allows the space to change quite easily in a dynamic way from a day setup, to a setup for small events and even large events.


Together with the customer and the partners involved; Amsta, D/Dock, Furnify, Nook and Intos, we have chosen to develop this process in the most circular and sustainable manner as possible. For example, much use has been made of recycled materials in order to make the most efficient use of space materials.