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Finissage Archiprix 2018: Eighteenth-Century Neapolitan Staircases - Showpiece and Utility

Thursday November 15, 4 – 5 PM, Vertigo, Trappenzaal, Eindhoven University of Technology

4.00 PM Prof. dr. Dirk De Meyer: Eighteenth-Century Neapolitan Staircases
4.20 PM ir. Jesper Baltussen (1st prize winner ARCHIPRIX 2018): In answer to Versailles - A Cautious Manifesto for Empirical Architecture
4.40 PM Discussion on theoretical starting points for designing, based on architecturalhistorical insight, with Prof. dr. Bernard Colenbrander, Prof. dr. Dirk De Meyer and ir. Jesper Baltussen

For years, there has been a discussion in Eindhoven during the internal selection of plans to be nominated for ARCHIPRIX, if a graduation project about architectural theoretical research can at all events have a chance to win a prize. In the choice of the best graduation projects for ARCHIPRIX 2018, this discussion reached a high point, with Jesper Baltussen's study, of which the actual product is a voluminous book. A book that, in the way it is written, captivates the reader. That is why this graduation project was nominated. The design is the illustration and product of a precise, nicely formulated, theoretical approach, rather than the inverse relationship in all other graduation reports in ARCHIPRIX 2018, which explain a design. The surprise is complete now that Jesper Baltussen's project has won the 1st prize. This graduation project has the appreciation of a jury: to reconsider theoretical starting points for designing, based on architectural-historical insight.
This news is the reason to show the result of a research at the University of Ghent, led by prof. dr. Dirk de Meijer, to the stairwells in apartment buildings from the 18th century in Naples. What links this research with Jesper Baltussen's approach is the focus on the refinement of the architectural space, which is determined from an introverted nature of the organization of the building blocks, and the built-up agglomerate of building blocks side by side. In Naples it is the court of the apartment block, the staircase at the end of the court, and the access to the rooms in each apartment (en filade to the large room on the street side), which together create a special spatial experience, of literally going through sequence. This is in contrast to a form of architecture that primarily represents outwardly (at the street side), and is composed as pragmatically as possible with rooms, corridors, stairs and elevators. All attention is both in Jesper Baltussen's design and that of the apartment buildings in Naples in the 'flowing' - yes, baroque - contiguous spatial experience. With the staircase as a special, pronounced element. Jos Bosman, on behalf of CASA Vertigo