Portfolio e Ludo Mathijssen male 27 - 12 - 1994 Amsterdam The Netherlands
Selected works 2010 - 2016 architectural product interior fine arts engineering
1 . resume
2 . drawings
3 . longboards
4 . architecture
5 . products
6 . contact
Nowadays our lives begin on a highway, A man made road with only a few exits to pick out. We are all aiming to the destination and forget to look along the way. In my life I want to be the child sitting in the backseat that has no idea where he is and just enjoys the surroundings. I donâ€™t have an exact goal in life, but what I do know is that i want to create places where people can forget that their on a big gray highway for a moment and just enjoy the surroundings and have a moment of euphoria and peace.
The whale made with :
fineliners (0,05mm / 0,10mm / 0,30mm /0,50mm / 0,80mm) markers (5,00mm)
This drawing of a humpback whale with a landscape on its back represents the earth as a living creature floating around freely. I find the earth showing metaphorical similarities to a whale as it floats through space. Lonely and calm, only accompanied by few planets, just like a whale swims through the oceans with fish. The whale stands symbol for beauty and mystery and to me, our planet carrys a lot of that same beauty and mystery. The whale is rapidly on its way to extinction and so is earth. And so just like its beauty, earth has links with the whales fragile situation which requires care to fix. The planet still has too many secrets and mysteries to unravel. 12 - 01 - 2016
Inhale life made with :
peace dagger fineliners (0,2mm/ 0,5mm)
This pipe with a growing plant in it represents someone inhaling life. It represents my vision of being high on life and being one with the world around us.
made with :
fineliners (0,2mm/ 0,5mm)
This dagger has antlers instead of a blade. To me the antlers symbolize love and peace. This drawing is a symbol to the fact that we have to fight for peace and love and not for hate, money or corruption.
high minds made with :
fineliners (0,2mm/ 0,5mm) Markers (3,00mm)
This drawing was designed to be printed on a longboard. It represents a person seeing the highest mountains in his head. â€œHead up to the highest mountainsâ€?
study of an old designer chair 2014
threedimensional sketch of a house design 2014
drawing of a canal house, hand scaled including a study of the expected construction 2014
quick study of an old airvent 2014
Longboarding is a discipline originally created as an alternative conveyance for surfers. It allowed them to travel with both h a n d s - f r e e f o r t h e i r s u r f g e a r. N o w a d a y s l o n g b o a r d i n g i s g r o w n into a versatile full grown sport. There are many different disciplines like downhill, freeride, freestyle, dancing, long distance, slalom and cruising. All these disciplines require different shapes, specifications, setups and constructions for the boards. At first, the decks were made out of a flat piece of wood. Now t h e r e a r e m a n y m a t e r i a l s w e u s e s u c h a s c a r b o n , g l a s s f i b e r, foam and aramid. All these products give a deck its specific specifications.
I took the challenge to give people their personal, custom longboard. A customer would give me his or here specifications and I wo u l d d e s i g n t h e d e c kâ€™s ex te r i o r a n d i t s co n s t r u c t i o n .
the mold is made with PU foam
the mold is shaped with scrapers
the mold is sanded to finetune the spane
draw the shape of the board on the bottom layer
preparing sand the wood and make the epoxy
the mold is used to press the board in a specific way
the layup is the construction of the board glued together with epoxy resin
make the layup (epoxy all sides) layout on the bottom
the layup gets vacuumpressed to press the board in shape and let the epoxy dry that way
the board neets to get sawn into shape, and the edges en surface need to be sanded for a smooth line and surface to make the print on
there are many ways to make art of designs on a board (if you use fineer it has to be done in the layup)
(such as cotton)
the edges need to be sanded or milled
veneer (done in the layup)
Longboard inspired by the classic mini cruisers from the seventies. It has a modernized construction made of V-lam bamboo and two l a y e r s o f b i a x i a l g l a s s f i b e r, va cuum p r e s s e d t o g e t h e r. I t h a s o v e r s i z e d wheels to give it greater speed and carve abilities. 22
The top of a board always contain grippy material which is usually black. I used matte transparent grip tape so the beautiful bamboo pattern can still be seen underneath.
The bottom side of the deck is finished with walnut varnish. I wet-sanded the board before applying to get a satin look. 24
This longboard was designed to be a n a f f o r d a b l e c r u i s e r. I t i s m a d e out of high-quality birch Vacuum-pressed together with mild rocker concave. It has a light flex to dampen bumps and cracks in the road to make the ride more comfortable.
This longboard was designed with freeride and freestyle in mind. It has multiple wheelbase options that allow it to ride with tails for freestyle, or without tails for a bigger wheelbase for more stability. The board is made out of high-quality birch, two layers of thick fiberglass and a b o t t o m v e n e e r l a y e r, va c u u m - p r e s s e d t o g et h e r. I t has a lively rocker concave and tubbed tails. It has a symmetrical shape which is optimal for tricks. 27
This tiny deck is a penny inspired board with concave and a kicked tail for minor freestyle abilities. It is made from high-quality baltic birch. the pattern on top is made with a cotton cloth. I created a matte see-through grip with finely crushed glass, covered with a thick layer of varnish so it wonâ€™t be too sharp while still offering enough grip. The crazy kitsch cloth can still be seen.
The bottom design was inspired by the classical violin â€œSâ€? shapes. The design is classic yet simple and minimal.
I made this long distance board to experiment with the use of carbon fiber in the layup.
This cruiser has a drop through mounting which allows the trucks to be mounted through the deck. This makes the board a lot lower which makes pushing less tiring. The board is made from high-quality baltic birch, glassfiber and carbon. The cut outs are a unique experiment to gain an insight in the boards layup without losing too much constructional strength. 32
The art on the bottom side is made with rice paper
This commuter-board is made from high-quality baltic birch and has a mild concave and a flat tail. the bottom art was designed by the c u s t o m e r. T h e d e s i g n w a s p r o f e s s i o n a l l y p r i n t e d a s a heavy duty sticker which was put on the board.
ARCHITECTURE own enterprise
GEOMETRIC HOUSE This modern villa concept is designed for a hill type surroundig
The lot gets uplifted in a hill-like shape to give a natural looking platform to build the house on.
The building plateau is placed on the hill, expanding at both sides
the front and back get cut off diagonally to get more sunlight and expand the viewrange.
The front back point gets lifted more for esthetical reasons and also to let in more light.
which gives a spacious and lofty feel to the building. The front part gets incremented.
The building is grounded in the hill and gets supported by a pillar at the big expansion.
A garage gets built into the hill to store a car and other stuff. The driveway deepens so there is enough space for a big van or ohter tall products. The building gets geometric surfaces to make it a modern contemporary and esthetic house.
SECTION The diagonal rising ceiling creates a wider view range from inside the house without affecting the privacy.
Due to the diagonal ceiling, the big window lets in enough sunlight to light the entire living room.
The house is built on a column to create a one floor-plan. This creates a covered terrace/garden as well.
The lowered floor enhances the view range and makes the living room look bigger due to the lower view of the ground.
the house is a single story floor plan with two bedrooms and a shared bathroom. It has a big living / dining area with an open kitchen. Next to the kitchen is place for a desk and the entrance.
The dilations are placed at the geometric edges.
bedroom1 17,00 m²
Reinforced concrete columns
the entrance is tucked away in the facade The glass is circumstanced with a frameless construction
Hi - Macs@ glass HR++
bedroom2 27,00 m²
bathroom 12,00 m²
steel cage prefab elements
entrance 29,50 m² kitchen 16,00 m² living area 83,00 m²
BEACH HOUSE This beachhouse was designed as an easy to build house to enjoy holidays in.
the steel construction is made from re-used columns. Due to the standard sizes and construction type, it is easy to place them on site. Prefab elements get placed in the steel construction. these elements are mede from durable isolation and durable hemp-concrete. Two sea containers get lifted into the building. These containers function as a bedroom/bathroom combination. They rest on two beams.
This house has a prefab construction that is easy to place anywhere. It is made from durable and re-used materials. It exists out of a basic steel construction with prefab elements and two shipping containers for bedroom and bathroom.
After this, three beams get placed to finish the buildiingâ€™s construction and the prefab roof gest put on top of the house. The roof also functions as a roof terrace. The doors get attached to close the building. To hide the construction from the outside it gets covered in re-used wooden shelfs.
the construction is part of the architectural design
bedroom/ bathroom 1 23,50 m²
the vide gives a spacious feeling
The glass doors have industrial metal frames
wood glass HR++
bedroom/ bathroom 2 23,50 m² kitchen 14,00 m² living area 67,00 m² entrance 8,00 m² toilet 2,70 m² roof terrace 105,00 m²
BEACH HOUSE This beachhouse was designed as an easy to build house to enjoy holidays in.
First the wood structure is put into the ground to create a time fixed construction.
A prefab concrete block gets lowered into the construction. This block is the living area. only the interior and the windows need to be done afterwards.
To finish the construction the beams get attached. This is also for esthetical reasons.
This small beach cabin has a two room floorplan It has a small kitchen with an extendable cooking platform, a living area with bed/couch combination and a bathroom.
MODERN BUS SHELTER This modern Bus shelter was designed for modern residential areas
To start designing, the standard needs for a bus cabin were decided. The main desires are a roof and a bench. Since the cabin will be designed with a warm and dry climate in mind, walls are not necessary.
The roof and bench were designed as a floating structure. This creates a modern and minimalistic look.
To finish the design and enhance the floating structure, geometric shapes were added to the design. This enhances the modern appearance seems to defie gravity.
ARCHITECTURE ´´´ school
CITY PART This urban city plan is designed for an existing area named geuzenveld in Amsterdam west
The existing plot in Amsterdam needed a new urban district. I wanted to create a lively and cozy urban area for a variety of people.
To create a space for everyone, I wanted to create a natural structure that is still clear and accesible. A tree-pattern was an ideal solution.
It has a clear entrance and devides the plot into different areas that can be designed specifically for certain groups of people.
To get rid of cars on the streets, a big underground parking was placed beneath the main street.
It starts with the trunk, this is the main entrance/exit where cars are allowed into the area.
Connected to the trunk are two branches. cars arenâ€™t allowed here. These streets are used as shopping streets and main entrance to the city parts for villagers
These branches branch out to small streets where the villagers live and tourists are less likely to come.
The streets where cars are allowed are cleverly placed so all areas are easily accesed without having nuisance of the traffic.
The layout of the streets was made with a big contrast between modern and classic architecture to create a lively neighborhood. The streets are curved to prevent monotony. The two shopping streets are filled with â€œAmsterdamse Architectuurâ€?. The buildings are a replica of an old canal street. These streets end in a green park where there are restaurants and other social facilities. Behind these streets there are living areas with modern architecture, These areas are closed out from the shopping streets to create a more personal feeling. These areas all have their own parks and playgrounds for kids and social activities. At the end of the main shopping street there is a big tower with a green facade by means of a small landmark which defines district.
This seciton shows the buildings between the 2 shopping/commercial areas. The shopping side has a classic facade. The other side has a modern facade. There is space for a store with a storage on the first floor. At the back there is space for a comercial area (single floor). Above is space for living facilities. A stair gets you to the second floor where there is also space for living facilities. This floor gives acces to the public roof terrace. Acces to the appartments is realised with a big central corridor.
SHOPPING AREA This Shopping area was designed as a new city center shopping area.
CONCEPT The project requirements consisted of a shopping area with several services. These services were divided into three sections. The center of the area is an open-air area where cafes and restaurants can be settled. Itâ€™s also usable for small public events.
The building needed to draw attention and be re-usable for future plans. It had to be simple but easthetical. It also had to give a sustainable appearance to the area.
The ground floor has a slightly deepened shopping plinth to draw attention.
for easthetical reasons, parts of the buildings were cut out and plated with wood. This was done at the entrances to indicate them and on several corners on the top floors as a contrast element. This draws attention to the building as well as giving it a sustainable and warm appearance.
DJ HOUSE This modern villa concept is designed for a minimal DJ named stimming
The house had to be designed for a dj named Stimming. Stimming is an experimental dj specialized in minimal techno. His music is pure and defined by minimalistic sounds. The house had to create the same feeling; minimal lines that create a logical and intresting building.
The concept was designed around the powerhouse standing in front of the plot. The glass facade is formed around the building to eliminate the view to the powerhouse. This gives a simple three-floor structure for a concept. The glass facade is accented by forwarding and sidawaying it a bit. The closed part behind thepowerhouse is made with dark gray bricks. This way the attention gets drawn to the glass facade in stead of to the powerhouse
TETRIS This building was designed as a new apartment block in Amsterdam
(not my design)
The building had to contain four kinds of resendences. Rental appartements, senior appartements, shared living areas and student rooms. The building is split in four. The building is designed in a way that every side has a free view and plenty of sunlight. 96
All the floorplan sections and details were drawn out in Autocad. Shown are a few examples.
BUS SHELTER This bus shelter was designed as an alternative for the existing bus shelters in The Netherlands
To create a concept for this bus shelter, I looked at it from a social point of view. I wanted to create a place where people can wait for their bus in a relaxed way. To accomplish this, I needed to create a light and safe bus shelter. I included nature aspects into the design.
The construction of the bus shelter had to be designed too. The entire shelter is placed on a solid concrete foundation.
The design is modern and light. The tree used as a column gives the shelter a natural and warm feel. The white facades give contrast with a modern touch.
The roof is constructed out of three steel beams. In between, wooden beams are placed as reinforcement. The columns are attached to the foundation with a time-fixed fixation. The white sheets are made of HIMACS@. A high-end plastic material. These are attached to slidable beams to allow the material to deform with temperature fluctuations without breaking
The wood column is attached to the foundation with a steel link allowing it to deform. On top, it is attached with a timefree fixation. This allows the roof to deform without affecting the construction. The bench is also made of HIMACS@. It is attached to the wooden column with steel links
PRECISION TRUCKS This precision trucks are designed as the first hybrid precision trucks on the market
Longboard trucks are the part that make the board able to turn in a stable way. Precision longboard trucks are machined out of a solid piece of aluminium rather than being cast like regular trucks. Precision longboard trucks have a big advantage in the downhill discipline. Trucks have a variety of widths for a variety of disciplines going from 150 tot 210mm width. Nowadays Longboards get more advanced and bridge more disciplines in one single deck. The trucks however stay behind. To bridge all the disciplines you have to buy several sets of trucks that can cost you up to 1000,- euros. Together with Revolt Skateboard Innovations, I designed a precision longboard truck that has a variable hanger width system that is very easy to use.
The trucks exist out of four parts. The hanger, the casing, the mechaincal system and the axles. The case holds the mechanical system together. The variable system works very easily. A two side, threaded bolt gets attached to the square axles. if you rotate the bolt it moves the axles in or outward. An opening in the bottom of the case exposes the tube so you can rotate it by hand. The system can be locked by inserting a small locking bolt through the main bolt and the casing.
FLOATING CHAIR This chair was designed for a modern interior and mainly home use
I had to design a chair made out of aluminum and perspex (without glue or nails etc.). The perspex was used to make the chair look like its floating above the surface. the aluminum seating gives it an industrial look. The design was kept simple to let the focus go to the floating aspect. The proportions were based on the human scale as well as on an exisitng chair.
Ludo Mathijssen Mob: 0031639693340 Home: 0031725334480 Ludomathijsseniphone@gmail.com Address: Amstelvlietstraat 476 1096GG Amsterdam The Netherlands
Special thanks to: Alwin Prins (photographer) Mathijs Baars (longboards) Sterre Blaauw (support)