The preliminary thesis investigates how the needs of man can be combined with the extremes in the rationalistic thinking. It is a search for an architecture that understands the daily life and displays nuanced designs. An architecture that develops formulas and rational conceptions so it can restore the contact with life itself.
L.I.F.E. is a reflection of the Dutch society now, and in an undefined period of time. To achieve this a balanced design is developed in which a special division is created between private, public and semi-public. L.I.F.E. tries to understands its inhabitants and responds to their needs, so that a society in miniature is created that can happily live together.
LEVEN IN EEN FLEXIBELE EENVOUD
'LIVE IN A FLEXIBLE SIMPLICITY'
Graduation project, Bachelor
Els van den Veyver, Edgar Claassen
Design a building based on a thesis written in a previous semester. This thesis was named: 'The architecture of daily life'.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
L.I.F.E. is a building with seven apartments, four common spaces and an office which all operate in harmony and in the most convenient and enjoyable way possible for its residents.
THESIS (in Dutch):
The architecture has to be adaptable, own the possibility to adjust itself, just like the people who live in it, to time, place and its inhabitants. Often you hear that if someone changed something in existing architecture, there is a derogation because the big picture is changed in a way that was not intended in the first place. It should, in fact, be believed that this is not a negative, but a positive twist. The architecture transforms and therefore remains contemporary and interesting for the residents. Flexible and interchangeable elements such as floors and walls ensure the timelessness of the building because they can be exchanged with modern elements, and never “grow old”.