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simondroog Simon Droog, M.Sc. Dirk Costerplein 151 2624 TW Delft T: 06 4575 6678 E: simon@simondroog.nl W: www.simondroog.nl


1.1 sanctuary ESCAPE THE RUSH is the

graduation project for my master’s degree from the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft. While doing research on

EMOTION IN ARCHITECTURE,

with Paul de Vries, we developed a new design process that focusses on the concerns (needs and wishes) of the users. ESCAPE THE RUSH - a yoga

centre at the heart of Delft - is the result of putting this new design process to the test.

By acknowledging the needs of society, a SANCTUARY - a place for reflection and relaxation - right in heart of the city seemed to be something that a lot of people are lacking in their busy lives. This yoga centre fulfils that need. Basic ARCHITECTURAL TOOLS have been used to help people get away from it all for a while, before returning to their hectic daily lives.


escape the rush

A YOGA CENTRE AT THE HEART OF DELFT


crowded city OUR LIVES ARE COMPLEX AND CHAOTIC. THE OVERWHELMING SPEED OF SOCIETY MAKES IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO STAND STILL, TO REFLECT.

a place for reflection PLACE FOR REFLECTION To offer a place for reflection in our fast and stressful society.

TRANSITION FROM THE CROWDED CITY TO A PLACE OF REFLECTION Design a building that facilitates the transition from the crowded city to a place for reflection.


emotion

appraisal

Prospect

Refuge

stimulus

concerns

Dramatizing a haven

basic concerns

design concept

Model of basic emotions shows that our concerns determine our emotional response - see master thesis on Emotion in Architecture for details.

Design concept based on these requirements:

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Refuge and prospect Exploration Dramatizing a haven Proportions

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Retreat from city Austere design Comfortable atmosphere Link with nature Contemporary design


retreat

BARRIER FROM THE CITY

• Closed facades in brick • One distinct entrance in the centre

• Guided route from city to sanctuary


refuge SECURITY

• Heavy construction; thick walls • Horizontality; low ceiling and deep

proportions

rooms • Prospect still possible - big openings

link with nature outside

inside

WATER PONDS

• Connection with outside through courtyard and patios

• Contact with natural elements - wind, water, heat/cold


route architecturale

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SLOW DOWN THROUGH ARCHITECTURE By prolonging the route to the yoga rooms, visitors get the chance to let go of their hectic daily lives.

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ENTRANCE COURTYARD with water pond RECEPTION + CAFE GALLERY PATIO from gallery PATIO with water pond YOGA ENTRANCE YOGA ROOM

contrast TRANSITIONS BY ADDING CONTRAST

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Open and closed Heavy and light Inside and outside Introvert and extrovert High and low Light and dark Warm and cold Crowded and peaceful


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ALDO VAN EYCK - TWIN PHENOMENON; Aldo van Eyck describes twin phenomenon as a reciprocal relationship between two obverse qualities, such as light and dark, which depend on each other for meaning. The reciprocal relationship requires the presence of one quality to give meaning to the other. Creating relationships between the inside and outside or finding a powerful balance of light and shadow becomes an important aspect of architectural composition.

Escape the rush  

Graduation project for Master of Science in Architecture at Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft

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