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A b e t t e r unde r sta nding 5 houses, 5 elements

For my first studio at the academy I picked the studio “element design”. The assignment of the studio is to design 5 family houses within ten weeks, all with the same brief. The catch, all 5 houses had to be designed with a certain element in mind. The elements were:

up with a design and I wanted to make it interesting, most of the times, to interesting. To illustrate examples of what my clear concept looks like, I took the last two houses. One house with a concept for the user and the other with concept for the building.

1. The house had to fit in a cube of 10 m x 10 m x 10 m and had to touch all sides at least ones. 2. The entrance is at 4,75 m and the house has no facade openings, besides the front door. 3. The house has a pool of 12,5 m by 3 m. 4. There’s a space for 250 m accessible books. 5. The house contains no corridors (a corridor is debatable).

House: 250 meter books For the house with the 250 meter books, I thought of the reason a family would have all these books and what they would do with them. So the family I thought of had these books as a heirloom that was in their family for a multitude of generations. Their family was known to have this “database”, they use it for their work and they want to pass this knowledge and books on to their children and their children after them.

The purpose of designing these houses was to get familiar with the design process and adapt a certain attitude to approach this kind of assignment. During this studio I learned that before I design a house, I need to have some sort of general concept of what the house should do or how the house should function. My first three houses were pretty chaotic, they were stuffed with design ideas, but there was no clear overarching idea. In the graphic below I am showing the design process of how it should function. A process of going back and forth between ideas and experiments, but always with a clear concept so the product stays consistent. What I did wrong for example was doing experiments with comparable design ideas, but then pick the ones I would feel suited the overarching idea (concept) best. Since the concept was unclear, the designs would also be unclear, or rather incomprehensible. This was also the case with the references I used, instead of picking what would fit and generate ideas, I would pick what I liked. The reason I think I never had this problem before, was because I only had two weeks to come

This short story (concept) resulted in the house you see on the right. On the left side in the middle you’ll find the entrance, entering in the middle of the house, greeted by the curving bookcase that makes up for the biggest wall in the house. This curved walkway takes you along the study (with some more books in the study), the guest room, the bedrooms, bathroom and then along the other side into the living room. The first two rooms “in” the bookcase are the rooms used for working, the study for actually working and the guest room to receive guests. The two rooms behind those are the bedroom’s for the kids, the bookcase is used in a sense that the children can interact with it and basically hide inside it. Finally the living room, this functions as a separate room without direct bookcase contact. I tried to create a little more separation by adding a patio in the middle of the house. This way the bookcase is not always “in your face”, but can still be enjoyed as beautiful piece of furniture. Legend Design process Concept


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