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|Title:||DESA1002 'Continuous City' <Casthuri Kamalaraj>|
Architecture & Allied Arts
|Abstract:||The city of Amsterdam is a densely packed area, using every space possible to boast its unique architectural identity. In my project, I have explored these core foundations in Amsterdam architecture, whilst tying it together with the function of my building. My design for an International Boarding School in Amsterdam is an exclusive school, offering both accommodation and education. I delved into the mindset of an international student, attempting to fit in whilst also maintaining pride in their own background. This concept of simultaneous conformity and individuality was the primary inspiration behind my design process this semester. The original block plan provided was from an area of Amsterdam which was primarily housing based. Due to the insertion of Ross Boulevard, I consequently chose a triangular form at the end of one blackened area on the site plan. This however, forced the issue of what limited space we had to work with in terms of building size. Here arose the newer concept of cantilevering over the pedestrian accessway, a form not often seen in the streets of Amsterdam. This created an almost “demented” shape of a triangle, with an additional right angled triangle attached for the upper floors, as a means of maximising what little space I had to begin with. From this point, the building took momentum, creating specific functions for each level, moving from a more public open area on the ground floor, to education on the first, and accommodation on the second to assure privacy. The building remained in the traditional cladding of brick, however windows were enlarged to not only allow more light to enter the building in Amsterdam’s dimly lit skies, but also to escape the image of an institution. Thus, being positioned tightly within a busy Amsterdam block, my project fits into its surroundings, whilst remaining true to its own individuality.|
|Department/Unit/Centre:||Architecture & Allied Arts|
|Appears in Collections:||DESA1002 – 2009|
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