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By : Nicholas Wilkinson

 
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The last editorial dealt with the time based concept for buildings where adaptability responded to the need for change and variations. The concept actually is centuries old but only came to the fore with the advent of the office block. That in itself is nothing new but some architects have taken the principle of housing adaptability into forms which look like offices. Why not ? One of the best examples comes out of the architectural practice of DKV Architects, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The project is a flexible apartment building with a parking garage in Slotervaart in the renewed Meer en Oever district of Amsterdam. The cylinder shaped block is six and a half meters above ground level. Situated near water it can be conceived as similar to a water tower. The architect Paul de Vroom states that with this type of building weight should be minimized hence the cylinder- like building has a steel construction of columns and beams with a concrete central core. The adaptability enables the dwelling unit size to vary from 2 penthouse apartments (275 meters sq ) right the way through to six smaller units (90 meters sq) all on one floor. Within each of these units different floor plans can be made. This project has been documented by Paul de Vroom in TBA (Time Based Architecture) Volume 2. Different but similar is the existing Jaegersborg water tower in Denmark. This existing water tower built in the fifties was transformed into a mixed used building consisting of a youth centre and small apartments. The architects were Dorte Mandrup Architecs who won the competition for the conversion in 2004. The water tower has twelve supporting columns with a water tower on top. This is still used as a water tower. The first three floors make up a leisure centre. The small apartments are located on floor four to floor eight. Whilst each floor is independent from each other they can be linked horizontally in many different ways to make larger or smaller dwellings. Each unit has it own capacity layout potential for variable plan configurations. This project has been documented by Dr. Bernard Leupen in TBA (Time Based Architecture) Volume 1. Both projects have two levels of decision making, one for the support and one for the infill. The support capacity in both cases allows for a wide range of units sizes and user design inputs generate variable floor plans. Making the support interesting and inviting is a challenge and one which is so well demonstrated here.
Nicholas Wilkinson

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