Juliette Gilson

Juliette Gilson


The charged void

‘In calling our collected works The Charged Void: Architecture, we are thinking of architecture’s capacity to charge the space around it with an energy which can win up with other energies, influence the nature of things that might come... a capacity we can feel and act upon, but cannot necessarily describe or record.’
Peter Smithson, 1992

The charged void zooms in on the formal characteristics of the city, especially the relationship between the built object and the space between these objects. Space or void has as much, as buildings, form and presence.

Located in the heart of the Spaarndammerbuurt in Amsterdam, well-known for its challenging architecture of the Amsterdam School, the project explores the relationship between the individual and the whole and between private interiors and public open spaces. By adding a new public open space in the neighbourhood and by introducing three new gates, the project encourages the understanding of the Spaarndammerbuurt as a spatial sequence of rooms. The painting of Magritte, In praise of dialectics, illustrates precisely the spatial sequence. The distinction between the inside and outside becomes less explicit and an interesting ambiguity arises.

The desired image is a proud and optimistic building that gains richness through the surprising assembly of its parts. The rigid building block, made of brick, is interrupted by an irrational gesture, an imposing square enclosed by solid walls. The new urban interior will contribute to the enlivening of the neighbourhood and to the collective character of its surroundings.

Within the boundaries of the architectural volume, the 101 units benefit of a diversity of floor plans form 38 m2 to 250 m2. Living as a conglomeration of social, professional and commercial activities.

Afstudeercommissie: Jan Peter Wingender (mentor), Jarrik Ouburg en Anne Dessing. Toegevoegde leden t.b.v. het examen: Bart Bulter en Jeroen van Mechelen.

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