Love Sid Wichienkuer’s entry in to the competition for a new TU Delft School of Architecture. The original TU Delft architecture building was burned down in a fire in May 2008, and the school held an open design competition for a new building. From Sid’s website:
The use of section and topographies become the driving force behind this project…By reconstituting and reconsidering each of the precedents, the resultant project intends to not reinvent but understand how section can foster productive architectural relationships. The gathering/communal spaces are stacked through the core of the building – operating as a central gathering space for offices, studios, and the greater community as a central, unifying element that serves the same purpose for a variety of programs.
The ground level is extremely porous with the intention of capturing the interest of passerbyers and architects alike. The center of the space is the auditorium space that can be configured to accommodate multiple size and varyingly public gatherings. The option remains to accommodate even the largest of gatherings as a gesture toward bringing thinkers and doers of all-calibers, whether architects or not, into the dialogue of the building.
The language of productive topographical surfaces is exploited for creating circulation, shading users, creating usable surfaces, storing objects, and seating. The resulting dense, carved space envelopes all the users of the building.