Mission and Principles

It is ONE‘s mission to build healing places for children

in which they can play, feel protected and learn to love themselves

We design and construct with the following principles

Local Teamwork

What’s the point of founding an NGO, while competing with other parties in the process?

Empower local people | Our purpose is to support other NGOs that are already doing good work with children, within local communities. Our experience is that the power of these NGO’s lies in working with children directly, but often less in designing and constructing nurturing environments. At this point, ONE steps in!

First, we screen the NGOs we build for carefully on their integrity and the quality of the child care. Then, we select partners who we have faith in and start a dialogue about their spatial needs.

The rippling effect | Our aim is always to realize as many healing spaces as possible for the greatest amount of children in need.  Finally, we seek collaboration with local contractors and volunteers to enhance a positive rippling effect on the community both socially and economically.

Non Profit

There are many NGO’s, whose people are very driven by their heart to help people out. They try to channel their funds as much as possible to their goal.

One of the biggest costs is building or renovating the space where they need to do their work. For this, they are either dependent on commercial parties, loosing a lot of their budget, or do the work themselves, something they don’t have time or skill for. 

With this NGO we hope to offer a solution for that. 

We are one of the few Non-Profit Design & Construct offices in the world, meaning we collect donations and funds ourselves that are necessary for realizing projects. From our expertise in architecture and civil engineering, we make sure to realize high quality spaces, that do not only fit their purpose but also have a lasting positive impact on both the children and the people taking care of them.

Design with Nature

We belong to a new generation of Architects, engineers and builders, whose aim is to build with nature instead of exploiting it.

Respect the environment| Nature functions like a fragile web of life. This ecological system can be exploited, disrupted or polluted but also repaired or even empowered by the ways we build.  Our aim is to preserve nature as much as possible , and use natural materials that are harvested without dirsupting the natural environment.

Nature in space | It may seem economical to exclude nature out of the building as much as possible. However, research shows that including plants, daylight, visual connections with nature outside, and the use of natural materials (like adobe and wood) turn out to be very healing for the user.

Design for Life | A building should be more than four walls and a roof. It is a shelter in which life should flourish, in which we feel healthy and balanced, both physically and mentally. We build adaptively, in which every design decision is made to enhance life.

Design for Well-being

Specialized in Biophilic design and Environmental psychology, we apply design solutions from a large base of evidence-supported references. We no longer have to follow the ideas of a particular ideology or fashion, that is often not of any interest in the well-being of children.

The field of neurology teaches us that our brain and nervous system are nurtured or disrupted by the stimuli of the environment. Especially children can develop symptoms of ADHD and autism when they don’t get the right diet of healthy stimuli.

Apart from including nature in space, which enhances the overall development of the brain, we always aim at a balance of enclosure (spaces that encourage safety and introspection), and exploration (spaces that encourage exploration and curiosity).