On Saturday 17 June Laura Strähle and Ellen Rouwendal won the Archiprix NL 2017 with their graduation project 'Design & Build: From Landscape to Roofscape’. Anneloes de Koff and Laura Langridge both received an honourable mention for their projects 'A home for the displaced' and 'Ivalo River Sandbanks’.

Looking to all projects, the jury acknowledges the focus on reuse but also the scarcity to which the projects make use of sustainability and climate adaptation. According to them, there is a large gap to be filled on those matters on the short term. For this, it would be wise to engage education in order to supply (future) architects with the correct tools. Only then will these topics be of importance in the majority of the graduation projects.Nevertheless, the jury is very pleased to see the interest in housing design as well as the many models which provide extra spatial understanding of the projects.

Design & Build: From Landscape to Roofscape

Laura Strähle en Ellen Rouwendal, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft

The combination of design research and architectural composition triggered the project to grow beyond a theoretic level. Next to the design for a prototypical pavilion structure for the rural communicability around Lake Victoria (East-Africa), the project focused on the realization phase following the graduation project. 

A home for the displaced

Anneloes de Koff, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft

The project provides flexible housing for a fluctuating influx of asylum seekers and status holders and not only fulfils the different basic needs of its inhabitants, but also proposes a generic building system which can respond to this fluctuating influx. This system adapts to every new occupant and can be customized to family composition and cultural background by using digital fabrication. 

Ivalo River Sandbanks

Laura Langridge, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft

On the banks of the Ivalo River in Finland, 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, time is marked by a unique ritual of seasons. In the far North, summer and winter pass by in extremes, and the turns of the seasons bring forth both beauty and challenge. For the people of Ivalo, time, river and culture are intertwined. While the river represents nourishment, recreation and transport for the village, it equally and critically also represents risk. Seasonal floods threaten to overcome existing engineered barriers, and the village’s current building practices are ill-suited for flood exposure.  

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