“Variegated space: Public//private”
Guide : Elsbeth Ronner, Leeke Reinders
TU Delft, M.Sc 2, 2021
Studio: Urban Architecture.
Location : Overvecht, Utretch, Netherlands.
Group: Darshik Parejiya, Nigel Flanagan.
Keywords: Threshold spaces, Demographics, Urban rooms, Adaptation.
“A house must be like a small city if it’s to be a real home; a city like a large house if it’s to be a real city.” - Aldo van Eyck
Van Eyck’s quote about the city and room exemplifies this sequence of spaces and the creation of soft boundaries and passive thresholds.
Research: As we moved to Overvecht, we researched the thresholds from the street to apartments. Overvecht presented a series of harsh boundaries between public and private areas. This limited the ability of spaces to create meaningful social interactions with no space or architectural means to allow for appropriation at the apartment entrances. Upon entering an apartment, there was a strong degree of separation from the circulation with a small narrow hallway and living spaces located at the back of the apartment.
Design: We picked up on the richness of Overvecht through further research whilst bringing forward earlier analysis. Through a demographic study we recognized the rich makeup of people in Overvecht and the interpretation of space inside each household. Our balcony, interior spaces, back garden, and home analysis studies found a rich variety of use on thresholds. We took the sequence of spaces seen in Schmela and our home analysis to explore the idea of urban rooms where our building has a subtle gradation and scale of spaces from the public street to the more private apartment spaces. This gradation of spaces was explored in urban squares, circulation, niches, windows, interior spaces, winter gardens, and terraces.
The precedent study assessed the boundary of public and private in homes. In this home analysis we analyzed the boundary in a familiar setting of a community or village: neighbors and friends blurred the boundary threshold of the back door. This inverted the conventional threshold spaces, thereby making the front door as a formal entrance to the house. This blurs the threshold between front door and backyard. The security and control of these thresholds are determined by people working in the kitchen and the backyard more so than gates and camera’s.
Personal Home analysis
Schmela house by Aldo van Eyck
The Schmela house typology study, we further explored the interaction of public and private in Aldo van Eyck’s architecture: blurring the boundaries between the public and private through the introduction of an art gallery in a cultural context, use of light wells and visual connection to the street. In van Eyck’s architecture we saw the interlocking and continuous gradation of spaces.
Understanding the various threshold conditions in Overvecht and their relationships to the neighborhood.
Elevation of the various threshold conditions found in Netherlands.
Section cut through a building in Overvecht showcasing the demographic richness.
Conceptual elevation, section and plan of a building were drawn to understand the demographic in Overvecht. We used diagrams to translate the charts into a drawing that expands on this cultural richness.
Back yard and the way people have personalized them to fit their needs.
Buildings are made home by its occupants.
Structural diagram of the concept.
Final Poster: one drawing to narrate endless stories.
Just like the situations everyday, none of the events happen in isolation. Exploring this, the drawing was composed to be rotated 360 ° to read the various events happening inside and outside the building. The poster was drawn from urban level to threshold to furniture detail. Inferences from the demographic study were incorporated in the plans. Feel free to Zoom in, the paintings, furniture and events are curated by us depicting the functionality of the building.
Backside of the final poster:
The back side of the final poster is exactly what it is named. It is a collage of all drawings, sketches, case studies done composed to explain the concept, process and the design.
Video explains the entire process with drawings.
(06:32 mins. run time)