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avondzon op de noordwest gevel
avondzon op de noordwest gevel

horizontale snede
horizontale snede

zuidoost gevel
zuidoost gevel

zuidwest snede
zuidwest snede

beukenboom zoniënwoud versus boswachter Erik Bartholomeus
beukenboom zoniënwoud versus boswachter Erik Bartholomeus

Luchtbeeld Brussel 32,61 km2 versus Zoniënwoud 44,00 km2
Luchtbeeld Brussel 32,61 km2 versus Zoniënwoud 44,00 km2

droom
droom




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Academie van Bouwkunst Maastricht
ARCHITECTURE

Architecture and the logic of dreaming; a design for an autobiographical house
I'm chasing the night so I can find rough bones and bitter diamonds Let it find you -Oscar and the wolf
Just as the contradiction in the band name ‘Oscar and the Wolf’ (the alter ego of Max Colombie) embodies the light and cheerful on the one hand and the dark and sombre on the other, these lyrics also reflect a contradiction. On the one hand they are about the chase, the act of feverishly searching for and finding something you long for, even though this thing also has a rough, painful, bitter side. On the other hand, the songwriter is advising you to allow whatever it is you are feverishly searching for to find you instead, so as to let go of the desperate search for a while.

This conflicting ambience has analogies with the architect's quest for the appropriate design. This applies in particular to an architecture student's quest during the graduation project. As I see it, this is a process of finding and being found, balancing between actively focused searching and leaving things to chance. And what specific design brief serves within this perspective as the last word in self-flagellation for an architect? It has to be the autobiographical house, preferably designed for a well-defined character poised between dream and reality, a character that both exists and doesn't exist. A biographical house already presents quite a challenge but an autobiographical house requires the most perfect purpose-built approach and demands that the designer fully engages with the client and with the client's life.
The conductor of this quest for an autobiographical house is the soul of Oscar and the Wolf, to me a surrealistic muse that personifies the current zeitgeist. As an architect I get under his skin and the character's psyche sets the rhythm.