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Het ontwerpen van lichtgewicht ruimte-objecten (grootmeubelen) ten behoeve van het creëren van leefruimten binnen leegstaande kantoorgebouwen

Kock, Marcel (2014) Het ontwerpen van lichtgewicht ruimte-objecten (grootmeubelen) ten behoeve van het creëren van leefruimten binnen leegstaande kantoorgebouwen.

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Abstract:The content of this report is the presentation of the design process of a lightweight and transportable room, which can be used as a replacement for traditional rooms in the context of office transformations. The resulting design is an answer to the question: ‘How can an office building be transformed into an inhabitable environment in a lightweight manner?’ This question is the starting point of this project. Office transformations offer unconventional possibilities to counteract the housing shortage in the Netherlands. The challenge is that the function of an office building cannot simply be changed into the function of a dwelling. Among others, this has to do with the suitability of the building itself, but also with bureaucratic and financial reasons. The transformation of an office building underlies a complex process that differs for every estate. At this point, a lightweight transformation could be a solution, but also implies another way of living. The process starts with an analysis of the meaning of ‘lightweight’ from a technical as well as a social perspective, followed by an analysis of the transformation of office buildings. Based on these insights, a context for the design is set up, a lightweight office transformation. This context forms the required conditions for the design, from which the Program of Requirements and Wishes is being derived. At this point the design process starts, beginning with a global design vision, followed by tests and experiments with partial solutions. In the context of the final assignment, the project ends with a conceptual design proposal. The result of this project is the starting point for further development. The most important requirements and wishes as well as a global construction principle are incorporated into the final design. At this point, partial solutions have to be developed in detail to be able to produce a first prototype. The client, DRS22, is a research station for Design and will not be able to produce the Design on its own. In order to build a first prototype, producers and other (financial) partners have to be approached. To ensure the proposed follow-up, the designer applied for a subsidy from the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:20 art studies
Programme:Industrial Design BSc (56955)
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