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The VDMA grounds in Eindhoven today: 1 Zusterflat 2 Luciferfabriek 3 VDMA garage
The VDMA grounds in Eindhoven today: 1 Zusterflat 2 Luciferfabriek 3 VDMA garage

The urban square containing functions for families living in the complex as well as for other city-dwellers
The urban square containing functions for families living in the complex as well as for other city-dwellers


The play-street off which are housing units designed as a diaphragm and able to connect with the shared spaces
The play-street off which are housing units designed as a diaphragm and able to connect with the shared spaces

Begane grond: Door het opknippen en terugduwen van het nieuwe volume ontstaat er de mogelijkheid voor het maken van pleinen. Zo is er een stedelijk plein, een indoorplein en een groene binnentuin. Deze pleinen fungeren als extra leefruimte voor gezinnen, om tijd door te brengen met elkaar of andere bewoners. Door middel van een doorgaande straat wordt het geheel op maaiveld verbonden met de stad.
Begane grond: Door het opknippen en terugduwen van het nieuwe volume ontstaat er de mogelijkheid voor het maken van pleinen. Zo is er een stedelijk plein, een indoorplein en een groene binnentuin. Deze pleinen fungeren als extra leefruimte voor gezinnen, om tijd door te brengen met elkaar of andere bewoners. Door middel van een doorgaande straat wordt het geheel op maaiveld verbonden met de stad.

Upper floor plan Local facilities are a prerequisite for a properly functioning environment for families. A strategy of densification allows such functions to be placed inside the complex. These functions are as much an addition to the city as a means of social interaction between the complex's residents.
Upper floor plan Local facilities are a prerequisite for a properly functioning environment for families. A strategy of densification allows such functions to be placed inside the complex. These functions are as much an addition to the city as a means of social interaction between the complex's residents.

Section through the two residential towers
Section through the two residential towers




PROJECTINDEX
 
FAMILY MATTERS
Academie voor Architectuur en Stedenbouw - Tilburg
ARCHITECTURE

This design for a housing complex for families in the city centre of Eindhoven introduces a new way of living. Its strategy of sharing facilities creates the space appropriate to the domestic needs of families. Kitchen, playroom and suchlike can be omitted from individual units so that these are kept affordable.
Cities are coming under increasing pressure from families who would like to live in inner urban areas. This is a key target group for cities: families bind, they are an important link between generations and they feel responsible for their immediate environment, which does much for the quality of the neighbourhood.
The current stock fails to meet the spatial need for a safe environment and provide local facilities essential for a family's day-to-day life. The former grounds of the VDMA garage in Eindhoven are one instance of a site where a housing block with these very qualities has been projected within the existing ensemble.
The housing units are designed as a diaphragm. By opening up layers they forfeit some of their privacy and engage with the communal spaces instead. All units are tethered to an oversized corridor serving as a play-street. This unites them across the entire first floor so that the complex functions as a neighbourhood.
Within the ensemble, high rise is the chosen building type. And placing two towers there instead of one creates a differentiation of places with unique qualities. For example, there is a urban square, a green inner courtyard, an indoor square and a full-length street connecting the complex to the city.
Ensemble and architecture frame the daily life of the family. The frontage plays a game of enclosure and exposure that lends depth to the building and gives views in: this is the diaphragm. The exterior is low-key and restrained, a picture of stillness in a hectic urban environment. The building is assembled from concrete frames, corrugated sheet acting as curtains, green-clad pergolas and roof gardens.
Local facilities are a prerequisite for a properly functioning environment for families. A strategy of densification allows such functions to be placed inside the complex. Together with the aforementioned squares there is a day nursery, a design & technology lab and a gym, to meet the needs of those living both in the complex and in the rest of the city.