2008003, 2008007, 2009001
Housing projects
No.1, 2, & 3

first housing project 2008003

The general principle behind this design is variation in standardization. The idea was to link possible housing types to achieve a dwelling based on a standard type.

The first project, where a tower version belongs to, is based on a map of 10x7.8m. Within this pattern are traditional terraced houses, but also studio apartments and maisonettes. This standardization can be used to accomodate different residential types (dwellings and audience) within one standard hull.

By varying housing types, a mixture of categories of people can be made: families, single persons, but also single parent families, a growing audience. The resulting aspect is that the blocks are less monotonous and thus feature a more dynamic composition in the front view. This is especially visible in the maisonette type, the underpass provides a strong visiual break in the block.

This allows very different homes (single family houses, flats, maisonettes and gallery type) to be realised within one hull, allowing the building costs to be low. This housing can be affordable without the dwellings being small. All that is variable (the walls) are prefabricated timber frame elements. The supporting structure lends itself well to concrete tunnel shuttering, but precast and masonry could well be feasible depending one the quantity.

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second housing project 2008007

In this 2nd project, I assumed one dwelling type, a terraced house first as it is developed, then a semi-detached house. In version two, this dwelling type is stacked, which creates maisonettes.

The dwellings on the street level are suitable for families (they feature a garden, like a terraced house), the dwellings on the 2nd level are suitable for cohabitants, without being a small flat. (It is actually a full house, the only thing missing is an attic). The absence of a garden is compensated by an extra deep, wide terrace, and the location in a quiet park-like setting with a plenty of public green.

One of the blocks is built on a parking garage, this allows the cars to be hidden from street view. The parking layer also creates a break in the façade so that the block is lifted slightly.

The supporting structure of the semi-detached dwellings is masonry, and maisonettes are build with a reinforced concrete tunnel formed skeleton. In principle the modular dimensions make that the construction methode doesn't really matter.

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third housing project 2009001

This project consists of two dwelling types, which are related.

The large type is a spacious family house with a garage, which sits behind an area that can be used as practice space for work or hobby use. The house features an extra spacious entrance with an extra toilet (eg for visitors), on the next floor is a spacious living room with kitchen and there's an extra room available (wich can be used as storage or hobby room).

On the 2nd floor are the usual bedrooms and the main bathroom. One bedroom has a loft, which can be used as storage space or sleeping place for children. This loft is also equipped with a wide glass strip in the façade bringing extra daylight into the room.

The second type is a senior housing apartment, one bedroom and a bathroom on the ground floor. Upstairs is a large attic and a separate bedroom. This type of house is also suitable for a single person or cohabiting couples without children.

The roofs of the houses are made of concrete, providing a good heat accumulation. One advantage of the concrete roof is that the room below stays cool in the summer. It also provides good soundproofing from the outside.

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