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This project is an experiment that tries to explore the possibilities of designing a home based on anthropological research. This research is based in the ideal that people who live in standard terraced housing to transform it into personal living space. We are trying to prove that laws and building regulations which shape that standard terraced house is inadequate for a particular family. This is because the laws and building regulations assume that every family is “average” and therefore is not applicable to any given family. Only one percent of all families can be considered an average family when you compare them to these laws and regulations. Which brings us to the question: Is an average house in every way compatible with a unique family?
This is why we have searched for a family that is willing to undergo anthropological research that lives in a standard (terraced) house. The family we have found consists of an elderly couple that lives together with three parrots and two dogs. We could conclude after close examination that the standard housing was not closely linked to the family that lives in it. In fact, the lifestyle of the residents where so different that they require different rooms to be able to really suit their needs of living.
An example of a law that was coined for an average house is the height of the ceiling. When we see that the current building regulations dictate that the height of the ceiling should be 2,3m (this is even getting increased to 2,6m!), while from our research we conclude that for the mistress the height of the ceiling should be 1,70m and for the mister 1,90m, then we can start to question these regulations. This is a difference that we have noticed between practice and theory.
These kind of patronizing rules are the ones that we question in our project. We have looked at spatial design, construction and building physics to find the way to let these residents live their life the most optimal way they can. This ensures that the house depicts the residents’ lifestyle that could be called a parody. The architecture that was generated by their lifestyle not only criticizes the building regulations, it is also a project that gives an extraordinary spatial design that can also measure with the current standards for energy consumption for new building projects.
Our project and our results show that it is very well possible to design a tailor-made building. There are a few points of attention when it comes to safety when you design a project based on an anthropological research. Also the comfortableness of the house has been reevaluated and the ease of use has been grafted on the residents. This results in a residence that reflects the behavior of their daily routine.

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OrganisatieAvans Hogeschool
OpleidingAB&I Academie voor Bouw en Infra
Datum2015-04-12
TypeBachelor
TaalNederlands

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