- Location: Maastricht, The Netherlands
- Program: Residential
- Area: 38.500 m²
- Year: 2018
- Status: Unrealized
In the floor plan, a maze of walls makes it difficult to grasp the
possibilities of a reconversion. Step by step we are going to unveil the
potential of the building. Indicated are existing staircases and elevator cores
which will stay as a fixed factor throughout the schemes.
The first step is identifying the main structure of the building on which
the design was originally made. Clearly visible are the repetitive pixels which
are also load-bearing structures and have to be taken into account. This will
be the basis on which new layouts can be created.
THE POTENTIAL LAYOUT
As an example, different combinations were made going from small studios:
one pixel to big apartments: three pixels and different variations in between.
Even half a pixel can be combined with a total pixel.
OPEN / CLOSED
The outer shell gives the building its representation of its environment. By
cutting open the shell we clearly generate a difference between mass and void.
In appearance, the building will show its strengths, subtle and calm, instead
of chaos. At the same time, the void is a possibility to pull light and air
into the building.
TERRACE IN / OUT
Each void is accompanied by a terrace which gives every unit its own private
outside area. Depending on the building’s orientation and position, the terrace
is pushed inward or pulled outward. For example, the side of the street has
inward-pushed terraces for more privacy while the parkside has outward-pulled
terraces to make it possible to enjoy the green.