The aim of the project is to understand a Performative Shift through a flexible concept that fluctuates, adjusts and blurs the boundaries of Public vs. Private. This concept is in constant change: from public to private; from multi-functional to mono-functional; from different forms according to specific performances. We understand the study site as a complete field of conditions that triggers different degrees of qualities with a common ground: PUBLICNESS. Within this field, we find, the edges of the spatial relation of Dunes, existing Forest and Creek the most appropriate location where to position the private villas, due to its semi-public and offering a very secluded environment. At the same time, this strategy liberates a huge, open and wild public space for the Almere itself. On the other hand, the pavilion will be located within the most public area: the intersection between the dike street and the end of the public boulevard, making a cultural spatial relation with the Vis-à-vis Theatre. Thus, it will benefit itself through the great views it can offer to the public: the Duin Development, the Ijmeer Lake beach and the Kreekboos Zuid. The spatial set-up of both the pavilion and the private villas are defined by different parameters in order to assure a maximum quality with the minimum footprint. We believe that a reduced footprint, not only guarantees a sustainable usage of the green forest ground, but also offers a more private environment for the forest villas thanks to that more instance between neighbors is created in a single 3-levels volume houses. Adding the water system of bifurcated forked creeks, the housing area maintains its publicness but at the same time offers a private seclusion necessary for the dwelling environment. The aim is to create an ecosystem where the private-public, water systems and untouched, existing woods co-exists in harmony. The pavilion will mainly occupy its 250sqm in one level that is elevated from the ground floor, enhancing the public atmosphere by offering three levels of social interaction: the semicovered ground floor, the first level and its accessible and flexible-of-use roof-top. We have structured the design of both the public pavilion to private villa with a modular, interchangeable system of wooden elements. There is one main core and three modular viewing frames that in their specific recombination are able to cope with different performances. This is what we called a sustainable approach where contemporary manufacturing techniques of milling local wooded elements, complemented by the local knowledge of Centrum Hout Almere, will upgrade a holistic, integrated architectural project into a social one. The adaptability of performances of both the public pavilion to private villa, gives different but specific spatial relations to their immediate surroundings. Thus, the pavilion has excellent 360’ views of its entire context, focusing its three viewing frames to: the Ijmeer Lake beach, the Duin Development and the Kreekboos Zuid. At the same time, but with dfferent response to the context, the forest villa opens up the first level to the forest while the rotated and relocated viewing frames work as the most private areas of the house: the bedrooms framing the views towards the above forest foliage, creating unexpected vistas.
Europan Europe, Duin Development, City of Almere