Analytical Drawing of Student Co-living


The objective of this architecture competition is to obtain knowledge about co-living by producing analytical drawings of a specific existing building.

Built in 1966 in Delft, Jacoba van Beierenlaan was one of the first large scale student complexes in the Netherlands. There are 32 flats in the complex, each accommodating a group of 16-18 students. Over the years, it has acquired a reputation for being messy, chaotic and wild. The water which surrounds the complex contains a multitude of objects including broken furniture, shopping carts and an accumulation of beer bottles, among other refuse. In the summer, the staircases are taken over by DJ sets, inflatable swimming pools and BBQs that are put out for a continuous daytime festival.

We are looking for analytical drawings that are able to explore, examine and discover the ways in which these shared student houses are used and the ways in which they perform. The knowledge produced or developed through these drawings will contribute to the discourse of collective living that could be applicable for other age groups and demographics elsewhere. Collective living is a new movement in contemporary housing, seen as an innovative option for dealing with housing crisis, so Jacoba van Beierenlaan is an interesting case study that can enrich the debate about how people can live together in the future.

– 1000 EUR money prize
– Drawing displayed at the JVB Exhibition in Delft in summer 2021

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