Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
TU Delft Campus in TU campus Delft, Netherlands by Studioninedots + HVDN
February 7th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Studioninedots + HVDN
Studioninedots + HVDN wins student housing competition for TU Delft Campus
By invitation of housing-corporation DUWO, Studioninedots + HVDN, Architectural office Marlies Rohmer and Knevel architects each made a conceptual design for 140 permanent student housing at the TU Delft campus. The project parameters were to design a volume of 67 meters long and 5 storeys high, the building should have its own strong identity and a collective space on the roof. Another requirement was to have rain water harvesting on the roof as well.
The competition was won by Studioindots + HVDN together with a collaborative bid of contractor Jan Snel. The winning entry was defining in its dynamic façade, with the collective space having a central location in the building instead of on the roof. This creates a more interactive relationship between the residents, the building and its surroundings, leaving the roof to be fully planted with moss-sedum. The new building will be finished to all probability at the start of 2013.
The TU Delft is expecting a substantial growth of students in the coming years. That is why 1100 new built student residences are realised in the masterplan of Mecanoo for de TU-Delft Mid-West. The first project will be located in Field 2 along the Balthasar van der Polweg.
The volume Suite 9, designed by Studioinedots + HVDN for this location, is based on a central corridor with on each side student housing. At strategic points a few of the flats have been removed. As the flats are individually insulated and constructed, it can freely be chosen where the voids are located. The created open area gives the building a transparency that maintain the links of the existing courtyards with the Balthasar van der Polweg.
By removing flats on each side of the corridor, an unexpected and lively section is created with a covered entrance and central covered collective (outdoor) space. More Flats have been removed on the south-side, so sunlight can enter the building as far as possible. A wide stairs connects all the individual levels as one continuing collective space. This centrally located outdoor space forms the heart of the building. Its timber cladding gives the building a warm character and strong identity.
To avoid an image of easy repetition of the flats and to introduce an additional stratification a perforated panel façade system is placed around the collective outdoor space. Thus the abstract of the volume is maintained and effects of different scales is achieved. At night fall, lights illuminating the backdrop of the perforated panels, making the elevation change slowly. This gives the building a fitting dynamic and with the noticeable collective outdoor space, the building engages with its surroundings.
Studioninedots was established by Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut and Metin van Zijl in 2010 in Amsterdam. It is an international operating office with an architectural playing field ranging from designing a chair to developing a city. Studioninedots sees architecture as a reflection of contemporary urban culture which touches upon trends, movements, cultures, conflict, diversity, change, interaction, surprise, opportunities, threats, density, ecology and complexity. In its architecture and urban design the office integrates urban processes to get resourceful answers to current design queries.
The correlation between knowledge and creativity is the strength of the office. The inception of the design process is uncovering the essence of assignment. By making the project tangible, space is created for new ways of thinking, for influences outside architecture or urbanism, and to think and work interdisciplinary.
Due to extensive experience the office is able to flawlessly get progressive ideas and designs into a realistic framework, in close collaboration with the client. Thus complex designs can be fast and effectively turned into reality.
Studioninedots designs sophisticated projects that define themselves through an apparent simplicity and a richness of experience. It creates buildings that express a constant sensory perception between recognition and surprise. By re-arranging the common-placed urban elements, buildings and plans are created that embody urban processes, giving them an agility to move with the dynamics of the city and therefore stay meaningful in a constant changing environment.
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