COMPETITION DESIGN, 1ST PRIZE. FINAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION.
The surrounding neighbourhood consists of conventional housing blocks with total separation between the formal, public architectural side (street) and the informal, private courts (backyards). Maxwan decided to make a project that would be the opposite of the canonical architectural photograph, in which all signs of life are wiped out of the scene of the building (so as not to disturb the TRUTH). This typology was inverted so that the backyards would lie in front of the house: street and building are mixed up with dry parking underneath the 2 large cantilevers and sidewalk with a main entrance between the 2 blocks, generating its own pocket landscape.To prevent abuse of the front garden (which now lay behind the house) they were made impossibly small. If the residents wanted to express themselves, they had to do it in public. And they did. The façade is a home-brown rippled (poly-urethane) surface with an aluminium coating, then a transparent glossy polyurethane finish. It changes colour and reflection continuously depending on weather and light conditions. After winning the 1st prize in the competition, Maxwan took this scheme to completion. Each apartment is accessible by wheelchair and street and the building is mixed up. Dry parking underneath the 2 large cantilevers, sidewalk and main entrance between the 2 blocks, generates its own pocket landscape. The plan features an innovative 3 layer polyurethane façade panel, developed by the office itself in collaboration with one of the leading chemical industries of The Netherlands. It changes colour and reflection continuously depending on weather and light conditions.
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