WAYS TO WORK | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Seva Nix | Librarium: At-Large Nominated Project
ARCH 418: Architectural Design VII (Global Studio), Fall 2019
Robert Weddle, Studio Instructor
This proposal creates an intimate study abroad facility, a studio apartment for visiting faculty, kayak rental and snack bar spaces, on a tight triangular urban site in Amsterdam. Maintaining the goal and intention that while on study abroad students should immerse and integrate with socio-cultural and socio-urban surroundings, the design is guided by the two urban grids that intersect on the site, between university campuses and a mixed-use high-density urban fabric. Ideas of compression and expansion are used in order to not hinder circulation, but rather to encourage detours. The volumetric disposition of the main facility and the residential unit creates a public courtyard for the kayak and snack bar uses.