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Willem Neutelings (March 28, 2001) Part 1 of 201:19:42

Willem Neutelings describes the urban atmosphere of Holland. He explains his involvement in the Technical University of Delft, and his interest in exploiting data as material for design. Neutelings outlines the types of projects his office engages in, including housing, factories, fire stations, and public buildings. He explains that all of these projects have low budgets and use passive systems for heating and cooling, emphasizing his interest in sustainability.

Neutelings presents a series of residential projects, each representing a search for new types of living spaces. In one, he merges a typical row house with an apartment building. He discusses strategies for improving social housing, including the deployment of roof gardens. Neutelings stresses the importance of responding to urban scale and providing housing with a distinct character.

Neutelings presents a series of projects he characterizes as “working buildings.” For a post office in Belgium, Neutelings discusses the decision to work with an existing building, and his unconventional structural strategies. He describes using the form of a Roman villa for a printing factory located on a grim industrial site in the Netherlands. He discusses a service building for the Dutch Ministry of Transportation.

Christophe Cornubert introduces Willem Neutelings.

Neutelings presents more recent projects completed by his office. The first is a research building with laboratories where the integration of functions was the primary goal. Neutelings discusses the rainwater collector and passive cooling strategies used in this project. He discusses a building for a university department of geophysics. Neutelings documents two fire stations, discussing sustainable strategies, construction techniques and prefabrication.

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