Sustainable apartment interior realised

See a list of videos below of the realisation of some parts of the interior of a Vlaardingen city apartment, mainly built with CNC-milled sustainable Eco-Board material.

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Solar panels installment Vlaardingen

Design by Evolution is finalising the design for installing PV panels on the roof of a family home in Vlaardingen.

Realised in the summer of 2014. Pictures will soon follow.

House Vlaardingen Sketch Solar Panel Areas from koenkegel

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Renovation and extension Oud-Beierland

Design by Evolution has been working on the renovation and extension of a house located in Oud-Beierland.

At the moment we are still in the design fase. With the 3D models below, you can take a look at the current state by moving the camera around with your mouse. Hold the middle mouse button to move the view without rotating the model and press the ‘two arrows icon’ to go fullscreen.

For the latest pictures of the construction, take a look at this picture gallery.

House Oud-Beierland extension exterior (sketch) from Koen Kegel

House Oud-Beierland extension interior (sketch) from Koen Kegel

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Cloud Life: A future living concept

How can architects stay relevant in an ever changing society in which they seem to become less and less needed? Looking at the past five years of layoffs within the field of architecture, it seems there is a need for a fresh way of looking at the profession, the building processes and the architecture created. That’s why we are working together with Blauwhoed project developers to find new ways of combatting the current economic climate.

We set ourselves the challenge of creating a future living concept by using less space at a lower cost to the end user, but with a higher living quality.

The specific target group for this assignment is cosmopolitan young urban professionals. Since they are working at many different locations during the week, and demand a high amount of flexibility, we decided to take a radical approach in creating our future living concept.

We created a completely scalable solution which will fit the ceiling of any existing or new building. All furniture and wall elements which will be able to create and transform spaces are housed in this ceiling. Each element moves and transform independently, making the complete system very resilient to failure. All elements are automatically moveable to preset conditions which each user can change in their specified online booking preferences.

This method of designing ensures a high quality multi-functional space, which will be tailored to the individual needs of the user. Each user pays a low booking fee per hour, depending on the availability and time of day. This will ensure lower costs for the users, since they only pay for the time they use a specific space which can be as large or as small as they want it to be. The economical viability of the project rests in the fact that the Cloud Life Operators present at each Cloud Life location, will gain higher incomes since they rent out the same space multiple times during the day.

To prove our concept, we are currently creating a prototype of 10M2 at a 1:1 scale which will be shown in Rotterdam at Casco Delfshaven, the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Delft and at the Technical Unviersity of Twente in the coming months.

Here is an overview of the prototyping process:

Design team:
Javi Vidal Bernabeu (Spain)
Xi Guo (China)
Xindroe Volmer (Netherlands)
Vivien Wu (China)
Jiun Yu (South Korea)
Leon Zondervan (Netherlands)
Koen Kegel / Design by Evolution (Netherlands)

More information on the project concept and updates about the 10M2 scale 1:1 prototype can be found here:

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Starting fresh

After the trip of a lifetime through Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Design by Evolution is back in business!

Being back in business also means creating some nice new sustainable business cards!

Using a stardard sheet of 0.4mm MDF cardboard and a laser cutter (so not a drop of ink!) here is the double sided result:

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120228 Projects update

At the moment, Design by Evolution is working on six different projects. Since we are working on a completely new website we are only giving you a short update with an introduction to each project:

-  Sports and Cultural Centre of the Technical University of Delft (NL)

In this project, after creating a masterplan for the future development of the Sports and Cultural Centre of the TU Delft, we are now writing the “Redevelopment plan”of this Sports and Cultural Centre for Facility Management and Real Estate of the TU Delft. After the approval of this plan by the University Board of Directors, we will proceed in the construction of the new Sports hall and other new accommodations.

- HyperPublic open source architecture and interior project (NL)

We created a completely open source design for a architecture/furniture system created entirely with a 1,5 x 3 M flatbed CNC milling machine. All information can be found on the following website. We created a full scale working model which we have exhibited at the faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft in The Netherlands this February.

- Wiki Holiday House (FR)

The internet phenomenon of collaborative open source projects, is gradually getting more attention in in the field of architecture. Design by Evolution is at the forefront of this development. The design of this 20M2 holiday house will be created entirely with CNC milled 18mm multiplex wooden plates based on open source designs from the Wikihouse community. It will be assembled in France this summer.

- Complete renovation of bathroom and first floor of private household in Vlaardingen (NL)

In this project, a complete renovation of a private household in Vlaardingen is almost starting construction. The demands of the client were to mainly create a two new bedrooms, new storage facilities and a large bathroom with a whirlpool, large sauna and steam shower. More information will soon be available on a special page about this project on which the actual construction can be monitored.

- Eternal Holiday House in Ameland (NL)

As the projectleader on the energy part of the research of the Eternal Holiday House on the Dutch island of Ameland, we have been working on the redevelopment of a showcase project for sustainable redevelopment of existing architecture. Besides energy, also water and material management are key aspects of the sustainable redesign with the Cradle to Cradle philosophy in mind.

- New website for Sustainable projects of the European Cradle to Cradle Islands project (EU)

On we are still developing a website for the province of Friesland who is leading an international European project on sustainable innovation in architecture and urbanism with the Cradle to Cradle philosophy in mind. This website will become the showcase for all international projects which are too fragmented at the moment across Europe.

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Evolving Ideas

Last week I was talking to Dr. John Heitz at the faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology. He is the tutor of a student that wants to research starting architecture firms. So as I am starting up this architecture firm, and all is going very well at the moment, I feel like creating a blog dedicated to write down all I can about starting a new practice from scratch.

The graduate student can use this as input for his research, and I will keep a nice overview/journal of the steps I have made, so I can help others who are dreaming of starting up their own company.

I will keep you posted, and might even start posting on this blog, or I might start publishing when the new website is finished. Either way I have already written the first three posts, I hope you enjoy them.

Sorry for the bad looks of this temporary website, I hope you will stick around for the new one to be finished.

I haven’t opened up the comments yet, because I don’t have a good way of keeping out bots and spammers yet, so if you would like to contact me, please send me an e-mail to k.kegel [ a t ] . Thanks.

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101225 Update

First of all: Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Secondly, we’d like to inform you about what has been keeping us busy, because there are three major news items we would like to share:

- We have completed a new CNC milled shoecabinet for a client in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands
- We have been working hard on a number of Blueprint Labs projects
- We have signed our first major contract, for a 4 year complete redesign of the Sports and Culture Center of the Technical University of Delft!

That’s it for now, but we’ll keep you posted on more future developments, like the complete redesign of this website!

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Blueprint gets approval from TU Delft board of directors!

BluePrint will become Delft University’s new centre for sustainable initiatives. The centre will be housed in BluePrint City, and is to be designed by students and located next to the former Faculty of Architecture site. In the next five years BluePrint Labs will realize 20 projects across the city of Delft that will put our knowledge of sustainable design into practice. Read More »

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Concrete Design Competition: Concrete Column Capsules

A few weeks ago, the concrete design competition award ceremony was held in Eindhoven (Netherlands). Design By Evolution was one of the contestants in this competition.

The proposed design consists of a single capsule shape. The capsules are to be placed on the sides of an existing – steel – column to create a fire-proof layer in an aestetic way. Read More »

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