A working life

Our project seeks to realise, through the adaptive reuse of existing building stock, a space for the labour of living in Ijmuiden, Netherlands. It rewrites the relationship between self and labour integral to the welfarestate project.
It is a building intimately linked to its users, its surroundings and its temporal context – suggesting tangible togetherness and placemaking as an imperative for understanding the process of social reproduction: habits, cultures and relationships.

Its representation is equally tangible: an exhibition of ‘floor’ and ‘rug’ intended to communicate the spatial syntax and symbolism of our design.