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PORTFOLIO Ro b i n - Jay K i n g


PORTFOLIO Ro b i n - Jay K i n g

Selected works 2017 - 2019

Last updated: July 2019


Ta bl e o f Conte nts

The aluminum grid of building TQ in Eindhoven (project of Niels Olivier Architect)

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Portfolio Robin-Jay King


Introduction

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Educational: Thesis: Child friendly neighborhood on top of Rotterdam

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Reallocation: 14th of May

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Museum: Stories of Flores

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Villa: Art at Sea

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Museum: Exposition to creativity

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Workfield: Niels Olivier Architect

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TAQ, Strijp T

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Alexianer Quartier Neuss

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Design studies

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Photography:

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Picture of a concrete raster of one of the office buildings at the Westblaak (Rotterdam, NL)

Table of Contents

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In t r o d u c t ion

Picture of the high rise “the Rotterdam” next to “the floating high rise” the Cruise ship: AIDA (Rotterdam, NL)

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Portfolio Robin-Jay King


Resume: Personal:

Born in Voorburg,The Netherlands (30 - 08 - 1994) Bisschopstraat 22b2, 3039 VA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Tel (NL): +31 6 83 21 29 72 E-mail: kingrobinjay@gmail.com

Education:

2019 - 2023 (currently)

Academy of Architecture, Rotterdam NL Master Architecture 2015 - 2019

University of applied science, Rotterdam NL Bachelor in Architecture and Construction Engineering (ing.) Minor Architecture (September 2017 - February 2018) 2011 - 2015

MBO Zadkine, Rotterdam NL Architecture and Construction Engineering Relevant Experience:

February 2018 - July 2019

Niels Olivier Architect (Rotterdam, NL) Assistant Designer (February 2019 - July 2019) Intern Bachelor thesis (September 2018 - February 2019) Intern Design (February 2018 - August 2018) www.olivierarchitect.nl September 2016 - February 2017

Dura Vermeer bouw zuid west BV (Rotterdam, NL) Intern Engineering www.duravermeer.nl September 2014 - February 2015

Klunder Architecten (Rotterdam, NL) Intern Architectural draftsman www.klunderarchitecten.nl December 2013 - June 2014

C Concept Design (Den Haag, NL) Intern Design www.cconceptdesign.nl September 2013 - December 2013

Woonbron IJsselmonde (IJselmonde, NL) Intern Engineering www.woonbron.nl Computer programs:

Autocad Revit Sketchup Photoshop Illustrator Indesign Lumion

Introduction

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Ch i l d f r i e nd ly ne ig h borhood on top of Rotterdam Housing, Research

Motivation In the center of Rotterdam there is a surplus of unused office buildings usually confined to different area’s in the city. To give these buildings a new future the municipality of Rotterdam offered these area’s as restructure locations. With this thesis research one of these buildings on one of these locations was used as the base of a new type of family housing for the families who want a proper family home in the center of Rotterdam. This was done by designing the family houses on top of the office building. The research tackled the following four design principles: 1. Can the houses be designed without major modifications to the existing building? 2. Can the houses be designed without interfering with the neighboring built environment in a negative way? 3. Is it possible to make appropriate private outdoor space for the individual houses? 4. Is it possible to make efficient residential floor plans with enough bedrooms? Location The location for this project was the office building “the Eendracht” at the Westblaak in Rotterdam. To make sure the location suited the target audience, the neighbourhood needed to be child friendly and it needed to benefit from the scenario that comes with adding more children to the neighbourhood. The Westblaak is one of the widest and greenest streets of

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Housing: Child friendly neighborhood on top of Rotterdam

Rotterdam and has a big skate park in the middle of the street. It’s next to the cultural part of the city, which also connects to the biggest park of Rotterdam. The location allows for enough tranquility from the busy shopping center and from the main horeca street in Rotterdam, the witte the with street on the other side. According to the documents of the municipality it was important for the families to have sufficient traversal options for both inside the city and the surrounding area. The Westblaak is one of the main car connections through the center of the city, furthermore the building is located next to the metro stop Eendrachtsplein. The office building The office building was built during the 60’s in the period of the reconstruction of Rotterdam. The reconstruction buildings from this period are not defined by architecture characteristics except having mostly flat roofs, repetitive building methods and the construction usually being oversized. The construction method for the mass on top of the building needed to be light so no changes had to be made to the existing construction and also had to attach to the roof without changing the existing roof. The light weight “steel frame building” construction for the new mass was designed on top of small columns on the same positions of the existing column structure. In between the roof of the existing building and the floor of the new mass the space that was left was used for the new installation pipework. To accommodate for the installations that were placed on the roof, the installations


were placed back in the originally designed installation room at the top floor of the building. To accommodate for the ventilation of the installation space and to keep the original aesthetic of the building, the black aluminum cladding at top of the building was replaced with perforated aluminum cladding. Overarching design The design of the main mass is intended to not influence the existing built environment in a negative way. By pushing every layer on top of the existing building back 3 meters the shading on the existing built environment in all seasons except the winter stays roughly the same. This was the base for the decision to make the mass 3 levels high, the total setback of 9 meters on the top floor left 9 meters of depth for the smallest house, with a width of 7,2 meters. The 3 meters set back were used to create a common and private green outdoor space. The first meter is used as the main traversal corridor for the residents. The other two meters, marked by the vegetation roof, are used as the private gardens for the residents. By adding a vegetation wall next to entrance attached to the gardens the vegetated garden feeling was emphasized. To provide the fire escape routes and to create more interaction between the different levels two sets of stairs were designed that run from level to level, every time ending in a peak that becomes a space to overlook the city and have a chat with the neighbors.becomes a space to overlook the city and have a chat with the neighbors. Left Impression of the total building, with in front the buzzing Eendrachtsplaza.

Location: Rotterdam, Holland

Right top Map of the center of Rotterdam, marking the main roads, green area’s and water. Project location in the circle.

Right bottom Impression of a day on the building with families and kids coming together.

Bachelor Thesis 2019

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Housing design The design for the housing is fully based on creating as much functional space without sacrificing living comfort. The main concept of the floor plans is based on the division of three zones: the living zone, the technical zone and the private zone. The living zone houses the main living spaces, such as the living room, dining area and possibly a bedroom. The private zones houses the bedrooms and the study. The technical zone determines the dept of the other two zones. To make the pipework efficient the installation spaces were all stacked on top of each other. The technical zone houses the kitchen, the bathrooms, the toilets and the storage space with room for laundry machines. To create more social cohesion the living/ dining rooms are directly connected to the gardens in the front, thus the front area became the living area. That feeling of openness is emphasized in the facade by creating a large glass sliding wall for the living room and the smaller vegetation wall to create some privacy. In the detailing for this project the focus was put on creating an Bottom Section to showcase the different types of housing typologies.

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Housing: Child friendly neighborhood on top of Rotterdam

almost seamless height difference between the outdoor area and the living zone, to give the residents the opportunity to involve the outdoor space with their living rooms. The gardens are faced to the north - west and the houses on the lowest level were 15 meters deep so it seemed logical to create a way to get daylight from the back of the house to the front, while still keeping the private zone private. The middle of the private zone was first designed as hallway purely to get daylight from the private zone to the living zone. Because this hallway was not really efficient in the design it was turned in a 1,8 m wide study room that is typically open to the living zone but can be separated by a glass (frosted glass) sliding wall. This room can now also be used as an extension of the living room, a play room for the kids while the parents reside in the living room and of course a quiet study room.

Projectwebsite of Niels olivier architect: https://www.olivierarchitect.nl/bachelor-thesisrobin-jay-king

Right Housing type 1 (right top) 1. Garden 2. Living room 3. Kitchen 4. Master bedroom 5. Bedroom 6. Bathroom 7. Storage space Housing type 2 (right middle) 1. Garden 2. Living room/Kitchen 3. Master bedroom 4. Study 5. Bedroom 6. Bathroom 7. Toilet 8. Storage space Housing type 3 (right bottom) 1. Garden 2. Living room/Kitchen 3. Master bedroom 4. Bedroom 1 5. Study 6. Bedroom 2 7. Bathroom 1 8. Bathroom 2 9. Toilet 10.Storage space


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Motivation The bombing of Rotterdam on the 14th of May 1940 was not only the turning point for The Netherlands in the Second World War, but also changed the whole infrastructure in Rotterdam. Most of the old buildings were destroyed in this bombing, except a few, such as the City Hall, the postal office, the world trade center, the Laurenschurch and the White House. The rest of buildings destroyed by bombing were either rebuild or completely new designs were made for those places. In 1953 two towers were build on the Westewagenstraat across the Laurenschurch square. The towers were 20 meters high with both having a plinth attached to them with a construction height of 9 meters. Assignment The Westewagenstraat is an underused alley between the bustling shopping street: Hoogstraat and the just as buzzing bar street: the Meent. The Westewagestraat is supposed to bridge the gap between the shopping street and the bar street and according to the plan for the city it is also a location for housing the students and young urban professionals of Rotterdam. The idea was to make a museum about the bombing and rebuilding of Rotterdam, during the second World War. But instead of having a museum in the city, I made the city the museum. For the project I needed to use the two 20 meter high buildings as base of for the design. Built during the beginning of the rebuilding of Rotterdam, but quickly discarded as usable buildings. I saw on opportunity to use these buildings in their decayed state and contrast them with something new and modern that evokes the feeling of a rebuild Rotterdam. In my design I doubled the height and connected the two buildings 12

Reallocation: 14th of May

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Situation (left): 1. Playground (plane) 2. Office tower 3. Foodtrucks (fire trucks) 4. Housing tower 5. Bike storage (army trucks) 6. Church square with army vehicles 7. Laurenskerk (remained from bombing)

Section (right): 1. Playground (plane) 2. Foodtrucks (fire trucks) 3. Bike storage (army trucks) 4. Housing (existing) 5. Housing (new) 6. Office (existing) 7. Office (new) 8. WWII Museum

with a panoramic roof, creating a view over the largest rebuild part of the city, with some key buildings like the postal office, the city hall and the church that were left standing during the bombing. On the ground layer and on the square in front of the church I added some double functioning furniture such as firetrucks, WWII airplanes and army trucks, that can function both as food trucks and exposition pieces for the museum. This new design now becomes a place of remembrance, but also connects the gap between the Hoogstraat and the Meent. True to the original plan of the municipality I created a place to house the students and young professionals, but to also create a place for them and other people to work. I dedicated one tower as housing and the other one as office space. For both the towers I pinpointed the distinct architectural features, basically creating a caricature of the towers build in 1953 and put them on top of the existing building.

Right Impression of the new design, showing the taller towers, connected roof and square with food trucks


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S to r i e s o f F lore s Museum

Welcome to Indonesia, a country with a rich history. A country were they used to go to trade in spices, but now has a large revenue based on tourism. Unlike Java or Bali, Flores isn’t as well traveled, it is still a bit lesser known and most people don’t know what to expect. So this concept revolves around giving Flores the recognition it deserves. The concept is meant to attract those travelers who wanna go to Flores without Googling there entire travel plan first, but get a guide and be surprised by the amazing story’s they make on there travels. Most travelers tour Flores for 10 days, they see all these great places but have no idea how they came about. So I figured I’d create a place to gain knowledge about the history of Flores, gain knowledge about the origins of Flores and of course gain knowledge about the cultures of Flores. I translated this concept in a place to basically acquire information about the island, but also find yourself a guide and plan the journey with this person. The first step was to pinpoint the most impact-full moments in the history of Flores with a result of the Floresian culture to develop. I found the 1300th, the 1600th and the 1900th to be the most impact-full.

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Museum: Stories of Flores

In the 1300th the Indonesian pirates attacked the coastline of Flores causing the Indonesian people to flee land inwards and develop a whole new way of life. In the 1600th the first Portuguese colonists arrived and took over the whole of Flores as well as reform the people of Flores to Christianity. During this period the Indonesians had to work as slaves for the colonists and even protect the now Portuguese island against the European invaders. In the 1900th the Japanese people invaded Flores during the second world war, causing thousands of deaths, but also showing Indonesia it’s time to become independent. Knowing what time periods to display I dedicated one room for each of the time periods. Knowing these were all vulnerable times I captured the discomforting feeling of the different time periods in the corresponding spaces. I created three spaces, one for the first time period when the Indonesians attacked the Indonesians and there was a this strong connection with nature. The second one for colonist era, still with a strong connection to nature but also having to adjust to their western Invaders. And the final one completely disrupting their way of life and signaling the start of an independent Indonesia. I connected these three spaces


with a platform, with the possibility to enhance the culture experience, such as with music, dance and film. No going back to the target audience, the once who wanna find a guide and tour the island. I created spaces with the opposite feeling of discomfort. These comforting spaces are meant to welcome the travelers, to better get to know the guide and to even plan the trip after the visit to the museum. These are places with the possibility to share and connect with your guide for example sharing a meal and sharing travel stories. Now to go to the museum, spark the feeling for adventure and enhance the connection with the guide I introduced a playful way to travel to and around the museum. The museum is only accessible by water, so after the traveler had the meal with the guide they’ll go to the dock where there’s a canoe waiting for them and ready to explore the museum and maybe even some hidden spaces.

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Art at Sea

Vill a a nd A r t stu d io Assignment I was asked to design a holiday villa for a Dutch family on Terschelling. The plot on Terschelling was on the most northern part of the island, but had a view to the most southern part of the island. The plot itself is located in a dune landscape, with a maximum height difference of 4 meters. The family consists of a husband, wife, daughter who visits regularly and a son who visits rarely. They asked for a design of a villa with a public art studio for the wife.

over viewing the entire island. In the main living area I designed a multi functional cubicle. This can be used as a bedroom for the son, but mainly to retreat from the other proceedings in the villa. Also creating multiple functional spaces around the cubicle, such as the kitchen on the backside of the cubicle.

General plan I designed two different buildings, a villa and an art studio. By using a wooden frame I visually connected the two buildings. The villa is closed towards the public road to create privacy and open towards the full island view from north to south. The art studio is exactly the opposite. It is open towards the road allowing the visitors to be greeted by the art exposition and closed to the view also being south. Northern natural light is the optimal type of light you want for visual arts. Villa plan For the design of the villa I used the natural dune landscape. The residents enter the villa 3 meters below the level of the ground floor. I created a hallway to capture the feeling of being underground and having the natural light guide the resident to the main rooms. The two main bedrooms are located on the entrance floor, which created the opportunity to enter the landscape directly from the bedrooms. Also situated in the entrance hall is the staircase to the main living area. The living area is a large open space which is on itself a beautiful vista

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Villa and Art studio: Art at Sea

Groundfloor 1. Livingroom 2. Kitchen 3. Bedroom/study 4. Workshop

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Top Impression of the living room with it’s cubicle, the space around it can be used freely, the cubicle itself functions as a private space in the living room.

Location: Terschelling, Holland

Bottom Impression of the south facade showing the connecting frame of the house and art studio and the open living spaces to the south of the island.

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E xp o s i t i on to c re ativity Museum with workshop spaces

Assignment This project is about connecting the city with the outer developing area’s by a designing a museum on this old industrial harbor plot in Rotterdam. I was given the assignment to design a new museum to give the museum a certain appearance to boost the impulse of the new established district MH4. With this in mind I designed a museum which symbolizes a new start for this district. Project To start I researched the location, finding out it was once a central part of the harbor district of Rotterdam. Also finding out the city of Rotterdam is changing this district into a new residential and working district. I took the shape of a ship to give a little wink to the history of the neighborhood and also make the building stand out in the industrial setting to signal the start of new kind of neighborhood. The building is pointed to the development area, this is where the residents of the district will be. Next to the plot exists a food garden were volunteers work. On both ends of the food garden are art studios located. The art studios have some of their art on display in the food garden. This left me with the perfect chance to incorporate the route from one studio, through the food garden towards the other art studio and split the route to the museum. I also got the opportunity to incorporate the surrounding work ethics into the museum, for example the

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Museum: Exposition to creativity

food garden supplies most of the food used in the restaurant of the museum. Even going further I was able to put the restaurant in the museum on the spot overlooking the food garden, showing people the place where there food came from. The program for the museum existed of three exposition areas, a workshop space, a conference room and a restaurant. It also needed one room to be big enough for a temporary art sculpture of 11 x 12 x 24 meters. I split the museum into two parts having one part as the creative mind area and the other part for the exposition area. Connecting these two areas I designed a big atrium, also displaying the temporary art sculpture in the atrium. The atrium functions as a the central point of the museum, ensuring every room is attached to it. On the ground floor I located the workshop space to make sure visitors of the museum always see people creating first, sparking their desire to participate in creative processes. Going back to the atrium there are stairs on both sides to create routes through the whole museum, only the creative mind area or only the exposition area.

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Atrium (right top) The atrium is a permanent exposition of a van Lieshout artwork which can be enjoyed from all different angles while making the full tour through the museum. Exposition room 2 (right middle) The second exposition room differentiates itself by being completely exposed to natural light, with playful shadows caused by the construction of the building.

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N i e l s O l ivie r Arc h ite c t

February 2018 - July 2019 (currently)

About Niels Olivier Architect established in 2013 by Niels Olivier. A small architecture firm which focuses on a broad range of project types. Varying from residential area’s with houses and roof extensions in Amsterdam till realloccations of old office buildings and industrial buildings of Philips in Eindhoven. Formerly Niels Olivier gained 10 years of experience as architect at Dutch architecture firm BO2 architecture and urban planning. Niels Olivier is also main professor of the subject: transformation of (cultural) heritage at the Academy of architecture in Arnhem. And taught architecture during the minor at the university of Rotterdam website of Niels olivier architect: https://www.olivierarchitect.nl/

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Portfolio Robin-Jay King

My work: I started working at Niels Olivier Architect in February 2018. I met Niels as a student at the minor architecture during the project: reallocation 14th May. After the minor Niels Olivier Architect was tasked with the design drawings for the project TAQ in Eindhoven and needed some help drawing the technical drawings, this is when he asked if I could help him out. After this month he offered me to stay for an internship so I could learn more about architecture design, technical procedures and the ins and outs of running an architecture firm. Needlessly to say I stayed worked on a great variation of projects and even did my University’s architecture engineering thesis at Niels Olivier Architect.


Picture from inside the chimney in the garden at TQ Eindhoven

Niels Olivier Architect

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TAQ E x t ension, Strij p T Industrial hall for high tech industry

The project I got originally hired for. An almost 5000 m² industrial hall, attached to an attachment, attached to a repurposed water-pump building. A few years back Niels was asked by the company Settels to re-purpose the old waterpumping building in Eindhoven to the main office building (nominated for Dirk Roosenburgprijs) of Settels. A company specialized in high tech parts manufacturing they wanted the main industrial hall closer to their office. Two years back Settels asked Niels to design the main industrial hall, starting with a small building, knowing an extension was imminent. He designed a small but modern looking hall, with a semi - private garden looking towards the forest and a passage all the way from the office building to the opposite side of the hall. After this extension Niels Olivier Architect was once again tasked with the design of their industrial hall, only this time much larger and it had it be ready for an office tower to be attached in the near future. We started out with shaping the building we knew it had to be big, but we also knew we wanted to preserve the forest near the office. There was the urge to

preserve the passage and have it extent it into the new hall. And finally their was the necessity to have daylight come through the roof because of the sheer size of the hall. We came up with shedroofs and only on the north because otherwise it could ruin the process of high tech manufacturing. For the facade Niels took inspiration from the surrounding Philips buildings. Most of them were made out of steel frames with in the inside glass or brick. We took the idea of the frame and filled it with either brick and concrete, brick and glass, concrete and glass, or just mostly glass. In the end the idea was to make a large industrial hall but not make it feel like it’s an overwhelming size.

Projectwebsite of Niels olivier architect: https://www.olivierarchitect.nl/tq

Facade impression (left) The concrete frame with the different combinations of concrete, brick and glass. Entrance impression (right) The main entrance for the industrial hall, connected to the existing forest and the private garden for the company

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Industrial hall: TAQ


Train impression (top) The industrial hall is gonna be one of the first view you’ll see of Strijp T when visiting Eindhoven by train.

Location: Eindhoven, Holland

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A l e x i a n e r Qua r tie r N e uss Landscape plan and housing

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Niels Olivier together with Döll Architecten competed for the competition of the landscape design and urban plan of 35 - 40 houses in Neuss (DE). Low - cost housing with the highest possible architectural quality was the most important objective. The question is: how to create an attractive mixed residential area with specific qualities for people in different phases of their lives.

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The building blocks are reorganized around three collective courtyards. The kitchens of the houses are directly linked to yards with a herb garden attached to the kitchen so the residents can pick the herbs when their making their meal. The collective courtyards will be mostly car free, which ample space left for a playground and a collective seating area. The compact, modernistic white blocks and the great amount of collective space refer to a traditional German “Siedlung“. From the collective courtyards, every house has a directly reachable bicycle storage room, next to the front door of the house. Underneath the aformentioned herb garden we designed an integrated space for the dumpsters. The repetion of the apartment types, with the effective and compact form lead to a cost-efficient design.

Projectwebsite of Niels olivier architect: https://www.olivierarchitect.nl/alexianer-quartier-neuss

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Housing: Alexianer Quartier Neuss


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D e s i g n s t ud ie s Entrance Connect building We were tasked to make the main entrance for an office building stand out more, so visitors identified were they had to enter immediately. The problem with the existing was that it didn’t stand out compared to the entrances of the building. It was also to dark behind the entrance, with no hierarchy in the window framing, making it hard to locate the actual entrance door. By introducing a green strip that guides you to the main entrance we emphasis the location of the entrance. The entrance itself we emphasized by creating a wooden natural looking cantilever. Replacing the two small entrance doors, by one big door. To get more light in the entrance small interiors changes were made, such as replacing some closed walls with glass walls. Impressions and pictures of the entrance door

Extension home For this extension we had to come up with a nice design for a decently light looking 10 meter long beam. The residents intended to extend the kitchen and dining area towards the garden (the north side) with 4 meters. Gaining as much light as possible. So for the aesthetic we used a reference from Richard Neutra and we took the hierarchy between roof and walls he uses a lot in his designs. This way it seems like the roof is almost floating between the two walls. By adding a very thin detailed curtain wall, the connection between inside and outside is almost seamless. Impressions of the new extension

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Introduction

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Ph o t o g r apghy July 2018 - July 2019

I started to really pick up photography in the summer of 2018 a few weeks before my holiday to Thailand. After almost ten years of owning a Nikon D90 DSLR I bought with my father. I found the technical aspect of photography was much easier to learn then previously expected. After learning these tricks, I noticed that everything I love about photography I also love about architecture. Playing with light and darkness, scale, story, composition and capturing feelings or trying to make the spectator feel something. Here’s some of my favorite pictures taken so far.

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Photography


Left: A rainy day visiting the winter palace of the Thai King (Thailand) August 2018 Right: One of the many wild monkey’s in Angkor Wat (Cambodia) August 2018

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Left : A abandoned coffee view point allong the road to Pai (Thailand) August 2018 Right: A rebuild hallway in Ta Prohm temple (Cambodia) August 2018

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Left: The interior of the WTC of Rotterdam, with the playable piano at the bottom June 2019 Right: Cookies ready to be eaten during the meeting Februari 2018

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