Ambitions of Residential Houses in Dutch cities - The interface of the building as a research object: Discussing two highlights of Dutch residential houses and their changes through time

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    Abstract

    The architecture of residential buildings has always being related to social conditions and political tendencies, to new techniques, new materials and contemporary popular taste. Dwelling in the urban context makes it very necessary to deal with the aspect of privacy next to the public domain.
    Dwelling is an activity that takes place in both, the private and the public, the interior and the exterior spaces. The interface of the dwelling is the place where the transition from interior to exterior (and vice versa) takes place.
    The Netherlands has a long history of collective residential houses - especially social houses. The last century has brought several highlights in residential housing projects which pretended to show a new, a better way of design.
    Different architectural tendencies can be found at the residential interface, telling more about the inner life of the house or hiding it behind a mask that tells us a different story. Some design attitudes pretend to create a fluently
    transition from inner life to the public, some pretend to protect the home from it. All these tendencies and ideas show a discussion about how to design residential buildings in the urban context, how to give identity to a building which hosts several families in one building and at the same time how to communicate with the city.
    In this paper first the highlights of residential housing design in the last century will be shown very briefly. Then a method to analyse the interface with its function as a mediator and a protector between public and private will be
    elaborated and discussed. The design of the interface will be analysed on two case studies of residential houses from the inspiring idea behind it up to their condition today.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResidential Buildings and Architectural Design
    Pages1-22
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventResidential Buildings and Architectural Design - Belfast, Ireland
    Duration: 29 Jun 201629 Jun 2016
    http://www.enhr2016.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/ENHR_2016_Programme.pdf
    https://www.enhr.net/residential.php

    Workshop

    WorkshopResidential Buildings and Architectural Design
    CountryIreland
    CityBelfast
    Period29/06/1629/06/16
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