Plan Documentation for the New Open Space in the Housing Ensemble


  • Karin Theunissen TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Sebastiaan Kaal TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment



The plan documentation for the new open space in the housing ensemble comprises a set of recent projects and some historical reference points. The documentation sets out to facilitate a comparative analysis of the various projects. For this purpose the projects have all been newly drawn and photographed, using both documentation supplied by the architecture offices involved and archival material. The characteristic features and the internal cohesion of the new open space within these developments have been the guiding principle here. The drawing technique is based on the method used in the Atlas of the Dutch Urban Block. The emphasis within this documentation lies on the form and the meaning of the open space within the housing block or ensemble. The principal plan depicts the ground-floor level, showing the interiors of the ground-floor dwellings as well as the design of the new open space. The focus is on the relationship between the dwellings and their place within the development and the relationship between the block structure and the dwelling typology. Both the architectural coherence and the wider context have been mapped. The morphological unity of the projects has been sketched within the wider urban structure to show the relationship with the city.

Author Biography

Sebastiaan Kaal, TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Sebastiaan has a vast amount of expertise in the field of housing, building reuse and the design of exhibition facilities. As an architect he was involved in the design of: Villa 4.0, Naarden; Housing Funenpark, Amsterdam and the Contemporary Realism Department in Assen. Sebastiaan’s projects lie firmly in the intersection between architecture and the interior, respecting the presence of one condition whilst solving the other. Sebastiaan graduated in 1996 from the Technical University of Delft. He now teaches at TU Delft on a regular basis and has been involved in several research projects on housing. Sebastiaan joined Mecanoo in 2013 after working for 15 years at Dick van Gameren Architects. He became an associate architect in 2014.