Lining a Shed

During a student project at the group Interiors Buildings Cities in TU Delft, students were asked to design the interior lining of part of a former greenhouse now used by ‘De Kas’; a residents’ initiative that works with volunteers to create a small-scale knowledge centre on ecological greenery and water management, surrounded by an educational garden and a nursery. The organisers of ‘De Kas’ needed concepts to transform a part of the greenhouse into a workspace and room for meetings. The lining was intended to create that room, as well as cushion extreme temperatures that persisted under the glass roof. 

The students measured the greenhouse in detail, and familiarised themselves with its modular and economic construction. During a workshop with architect Anna Andrich, they developed different approaches to achieve the desired space, which were later discussed and developed further with the members of ‘De Kas’. Finally, under the guidance of the tutors, the group decided on a definitive variant, of which they built 1:1 in collaboration with the ‘De Kas’ volunteers. The room was inaugurated at a ceremony, in which supporters of the initiative were invited. 

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Workshop with Anna Andrich

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The wooden frame constructed

The basic construction of the new space was made with a wooden skeleton that clung from the existing construction of the greenhouse. The walls consisted of different layers of textiles—inside, there were folded moving blankets; outside, reflective foil from the greenhouse construction. Both are second hand. A large sheet of bubble wrap with a layer of reflective foil forms the ceiling. Except for the frieze at the top end, all the fabrics are clamped to the construction or hung over a carrier, so that they can be later removed and used for other purposes. 

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Students and volunteers of ‘De Kas’ 

The construction was partly pre-planned and partly improvised according to the properties of the materials found second hand. The construction principles illustrate certain climatic principles—insulation, reflection, absorption—however, the technical performance of the result was limited. In the course of its development, the design developed a festive expression and unexpectedly offered itself as a stage or backdrop for events held in the front space.