Conceived in strong dialogue with its future users, Ithaka intends to revert the role of the inhabitant as mere consumer. A variety of dwellings, ranging from 24m2 studios to 400m2 lofts, housesa diverse community. Through a process of co-creation, initiated in an early stage of the development process, residents have been actively engaged in the design of their living environment, enhancing a sense of ownership, belonging and collectivity. As a result, the residential block provides both a multiplicity of individually customisedliving spaces and a strong collection of shared spaces. In response to the increasing volatility of relations in our contemporary throw-away society, this project aims to addresscitizenship as a mode of active participation in one’s everyday environment.
LOCATION: Almere (NL), CLIENT: Van Bekkum, YEAR: 2007 - 2010, STATUS: Completed, SIZE: 13.700 m2, TEAM: Don Murphy, Christina Eikmeier, Leon Teunissen, Shaya Fallahi, Rob Otten, COLLABORATORS: Structural Engineer: Van Rossum, MEP Engineer: Nelissen, Landscape: Ronald Rietveld, Contractor: Van Bekkum, Photography: Paul Kozlowski