(Out of the) Ordinary: towards an intimate portrait of the city

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The project “(Out of the) Ordinary: towards an intimate portrait of the city” investigates how we can build housing, to accommodate ordinary life, within an industrial site. It gleans and introduces domestic qualities into a large cellulose storage facility in an attempt to reintroduce the industrial site to Maastricht and provide the city with new heritage. The project tackles and questions different dialogues between: old and new, suburbs and industry, material and immaterial, public and private and facades and actors. The design proposal develops a new, more intimate community fostering strong social networks and face-to-face contact. The architecture encourages ordinary life to take place, stimulating: discovery, encounter, appropriation and daily rituals. The thesis becomes a case study for the regeneration of (inter)national industrial sites and is a proposal to the pressing housing shortage.