FORGOTTEN MONUMENTS

I started out with a design I had in mind for a museum.  After some mishaps with the 3d modeling software, I got inspired to make some monumental structures that are placed in the middle of nowhere. The designs are inspired by the Spomeniks which are placed all throughout former Yugoslavia. Every monument is made from the same basic shape, but configured differently to accommodate the experience and ambiance of the environment.

Monument in the desert

Monument in the sea

Monument in a wheat field

 

LOST MONUMENTS

(Landscape-) Architecture

I started out the day with a design I had in mind for a museum. But after some mishaps with the 3d modeling software, I got inspired to make some monumental structures that are placed in the middle of nowhere. The designs are inspired by the Spomeniks which are placed all throughout former Yugoslavia.

Monument in the desert

Monument in the sea

Monument in wheat field

 

Citymoat Gouda

The second assignment for the Major Garden Architecture was an assignment for a park on the city-moat of Gouda.

The city is famous for it’s cheese and stroopwafels. But the public space is not designed to bring out this international fame. This is why the city needed a new modern design.

1-touristmap

The location of Gouda within the Netherlands surrounded by the well-known places.

2-analysis-landscape

Difference in outline of the peatlandscape

3-analysis-cityscale

L to R. Entrances and route to downtown, Entrance and moat ambiance, formal outer ring and informal inner ring

4-analysis-project-area

L to R: Greenstructure analysis, entrance, and route in the project area, sight from surrounding places.

5-pictureanalysis

Picture analysis showing the volume of an apartment complex

6-concept-turfsingel

Concept: accelerate, slowing down, and stopping

The concept comes from the analysis that shows that the inner and outer ring have a difference in usage. On the outer ring, people move quickly from A to B, while the irregular placement of trees hinders movement and promotes lingering.

The other important aspect is that the blind spot, which can connect the center with the moat. This is an area with great potential, which will vanish if a big structure divides and blocks the space.

8-masterplan-turfsingel

Masterplan partial city-moat

9-crosssection-quick-turfsingel

Cross section acceleration outerring.

Transition from existing pavement

The three zones and their function

13-designplan-the-blind-spot

Detail design.

On a more detailed level, you see that there are three distinctive zones, each meant for a different target group. The cultural and library zone are connected by a building with a open ground level.

14-lazarussteeg-plan

Lazarussteeg

15-crosssection-lazarussteeg

Cross section Lazarussteeg

16-pergola-connection

Pavement detail around the pergola

18-17-lazarussteeg-pergola

Pergola construction.

19-lazarussteeg-visual

Visual Lazarussteeg.

20-koningshof-plan

Koningsplein

Principle section illustrating shape of the flowobjects

22-detail-koningsplein

Detail koningsplein

23-koningsplein-visual

Koningsplein visual

Section Koningsplein and Erasmushof

25-walkingroute

Walking route.

The walking routes decide where the placement of restaurants will be. These will be placed in the crowded area’s to promote even more lingering.

26-koningsplein-visual

Koningsplein visual

27-erasmushof-plan

Lazarussteeg

28-detail-erasmushof

Detail stairs

29-erasmushof-visual

Erasmushof visual

Möbius Zoo

In late August 2016 I got the assignment to design a 16 hectare (40 acre) zoo. This zoo was going to be situated near the city of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

The client asked for an innovative zoo that stand out of the other ones situated in the Netherlands. I thought, why only Netherlands? Always shoot big and for this zoo it means that it should go for international fame! With that in mind I designed a zoo which contains a stylized landscape of the four basic climate area’s in the world.

Location

Analysis

From L to R: Mass and Space, Parcels and conclusion

The conclusion is that there are many of big spaces in the area and the parcels are mostly straight lines. The forest where the zoo is situated is a barrier between the east and west.

 

Concept Mobius

Concept: The Mobius band.

The concept for the zoo is the Mobius band. When you make the Mobiusband from paper and cut it twice lengthwise, it creates four bands that interlock at the centre. I found that this is an interesting shape for the zoo. When the shape is translated into a pathway it creates a circuit and an clear main path for visitors to follow.

Masterplan

The designs reaction on the surrounding landscape can be broken down into three scales. In the biggest scale the zoo compliments the size of the existing forest, by joining its size.  In the middle the forest is a bit more open, so people can peek into the landscape. The second reaction is on the straight lines that were concluded in the parcelmap. The addition of curves gives the zoo something extra that the surrounding does not have. On the final level the straight lines and curves are implemented to create the zones, and every zone has its own characteristics.

Layers, Height, Function

From L to R: Exploded axon, heightmap, functions

Crosspoints

Height and crossing points

Abstract principle Shapes

Shape study

 

 

 

Desert zone

 

Land zone

 

Tropics zone

 

Dunes zone

These images show the reference images and the way they are applied in a stylized manner.

Detail drawing

Detailed plan

Open tropical dutch mangrove

The tropical zone with Dutch Mangrove trees

Planting Personnen Forest

Vegetation in and around the forest

The middle section of the forest is being thinned out so it connects more with the surrounding landscape. This can be seen in the left picture. In the right picture you can see the difference of vegetation being used in the stroke surrounding the zones. Where the dike is higher more trees are planted. This closes off the zoo for the visitors and points the attention towards the zoo instead of away. The stroke uses the same vegetation as the forest, so it creates a even image while looking from the outside.

Keyframe

Pacing of visitors experience intensity

When  applying the pacing of blockbuster movies there is a buildup to the climax which is situated in the tropics. The first key event shows a high action at the entrance. Here people are made excited for the rest of the zoo. While heading to the second key event people get briefed about the zoo . At the second key event there are big stairs where people get an overview of the land zone. While crossing the bridge you get to the third event. Its movies its known as the preparation to the climax. The final key event shows a dutch mangrove forest with a lot of water and height differences which is a spectacle for the eye. Moving from the climax to the dune zone the intensity rapidly decreases and the experience comes to an end.

Möbius Zoo

(Landscape-) Architecture, Projects, University assignments

In late August 2016 I got the assignment to design a 16 hectare (40 acre) zoo. This zoo was going to be situated near the city of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

The client asked for an innovative zoo that stand out of the other ones situated in the Netherlands. I thought, why only Netherlands? Always shoot big and for the zoo it means, go for international fame! With that in mind I designed a zoo which contains a stylized landscape.

location

 

 

Analyze

From L to R: Mass and Space, Parcels and conclusion

 

The conclusion is that there are many of big spaces in the area and the parcels are mostly straight lines. The forest where the zoo is situated is a barrier between the east and west.

 

concept-mobius

Concept: The Mobius band.

The concept for the zoo is the Mobius band. When you make the band from paper and cut it twice in the lenght, it creates four bands that interlock in the centre. For the Zoo this is a interesting shape. When the shape is translated into a pathway it creates a circuit and clear path.

masterplan

The designs reaction on the surrounding landscape can be broken down into three scales. In the biggest scale the zoo compliments the size of the existing forrest, by joining it because of its size.  In the middle its a bit more open, so people can peek into the landscape. The second reaction is on the straight lines that were concluded in the parcelmap. The addition of curves gives the zoo something extra that the surrounding does not have. On the last level the straight lines and curves are also implemented, but every zone has its own characteristics.

From L to R: Exploded exploded axon, heightmap, functions

 

 

 

path-on-the-dike

Crossing points

crosspoints

Height and crosspoints

Abstract principle sections

 

Shape study

From L to R the zones with their corresponding shapes: Desert, Land, Tropics and Dunes


tropics-zone

dunes-zone

These images showed the reference and the way they are applied in a styled way.

 

Detailed plan of the tropics (1:500)

 

open-tropical-dutch-mangrove

Visual of the open tropics area with view on the dutch Mangrove forest

planting-personnen-forest

Vegetation in and around the forest

The middle section of the forest is being thinned out so it connects more with the surrounding landscape. This can be seen in the left picture. In the right picture you can see the difference of vegetation being used in the stroke surrounding the zones. Where the dike is higher more trees are planted. This closes off the zoo for the visitors and points the attention towards the zoo instead of away. The stroke uses the same vegetation as the forest, so it creates a even image while looking from the outside.

keyframe

Pacing of intensity

When mapping and applying pacing of blockbuster movies there is a buildup to the climax which is situated in the tropics. The first key event shows a high action at the entrance. Here are people made excited for the rest of the zoo. While heading to the second key event people get briefed about the zoo and when arriving there is a other event. At the second key event is a big stair and people get a overview of the land zone. While crossing the bridge you get prepared by the third event. Its also know as the preparation to the climax.The final key event shows a dutch mangrove forest with a lot of water and height differences. At the dune zone the intensity rapidly decreases and the experience comes to an end.

 

The Green Factory Helicon

(Landscape-) Architecture, University assignments

This assignment was for the area around the green school Helicon. I completed this assignment with 4 other students.

The school didn’t have any interesting entrance, the school garden was without any structure and the surrounding area was not connected. From the briefing we also werte giving the fact that the surrounding neighborhood wanted to have an edible forest and an area where they can take a quick walk.

While analyzing the context we have discovered that there is an industrial site located on the west and that there is a residential area on the east. The school fell right in the middle of these two area’s. One of the other things we found is that the area did not have any inviting entrances.

We immediately  saw education as a glue for these different functions. And that was our concept for the area.

The poster (in dutch) can be downloaded here.

 

Farmhouse III

(Landscape-) Architecture, Interior, Projects

This is once again a impression of an old farmhouse that is in need of a renovation. it are actually two dwellings next to each other.

If you have intrest in the house, check out the website www.aelmans.com and search for Brachterzijde 16 or 17.

 

Brachterzijde 16.

Farmhouse exterior

Exterior

Livingroom to kitchen view

Livingroom to kitchen view

Kitchen to livingroom view

Kitchen to livingroom view

First floor

First floor

Second floor

Second floor

 

Brachterzijde 17

Kitchen to livingroom view

Kitchen to livingroom view

Livingroom to kitchen view

Livingroom to kitchen view

Exterior Farmhouse

Exterior

First floor

First floor

 

University experimentation

(Landscape-) Architecture

I started experimenting with a the beziercurve and object around path plugin in Sketchup. I made a shape and i wonderd what would it look like if I would scale it and stack it up. From this experimentation came this building. I also wanted to try to experiment with making a site map. I used high res picture from Google Earth Pro for the surrounding trees. Google earth pro can export really high resolution images and above all it is free now, you only have to type your email adress and use “GEPFREE” as the activation code.

Siteplan topview

Perspective image

Farm house II

(Landscape-) Architecture, Interior

I got an assignment from work to make a render of a old abandoned farmhouse. My render needs to show the potential of the dwelling. The last time I made a render of an old farmhouse it sold really fast, so the real estate agent hopes that the same will happen with this house.

The building is of a same type as the last one i did, its just slightly bigger. If you have interest in the house you can contact Aelmans at info@aelmans.com

Exterior render

Exterior render

View from the living room to the kitchen

View from the living room to the kitchen

View from the kitchen to the livingroom

View from the kitchen to the livingroom

Second floor

Second floor

First floor

First floor