NEW DELFT BLUE

Studio RAP en tant que Architects, Designers, Contractors & 3D Ceramic Printing.

New Delft Blue is a pioneering project in the historic Dutch city Delft, designed and 3D printed by Studio RAP. This project reinterprets the world-famous decorative qualities and design vocabulary of Delft Blue porcelain. By fusing 3D clay printing, computational design, and artisanal glazing, New Delft Blue hopes to unfold a new architectural potential of ceramic ornamentation of the 21st century.

photo_credit Riccardo De Vecchi
Riccardo De Vecchi
photo_credit Riccardo De Vecchi
Riccardo De Vecchi

The Design

The lush communal courtyard of the PoortMeesters residential building block, which is part of the large-scale urban redevelopment Nieuw Delft, is framed by two large entry gates. The gates, roughly four metres wide, eight metres high and twelve metres deep, cover a large public staircase. These gates refer to Delft as a mediaeval trading city with its many city gates and provide passers-by with a glimpse of the idyllic life going on inside. The New Delft Blue gates take their inspiration from traditional Delft Blue porcelain plates. The design vocabulary of these plates has changed radically over the centuries from copying Chinese and Japanese Oriental designs to making contemporary Dutch designs. The differentiation between a decorative, nature inspired frame and idyllic scene, however, has been a recurring trait. As such, this division is the starting point for the New Delft Blue design, where the idyllic scene is the ever-changing courtyard life while the gates stand as a three-dimensional frame with algorithmically designed nature inspired patterns that guide people from the public space to the semi-public courtyard.

photo_credit Riccardo De Vecchi
Riccardo De Vecchi
photo_credit Riccardo De Vecchi
Riccardo De Vecchi

The Innovation The approximately 3000 unique ceramic tiles that cover the two gates are 3D printed, allowing for the creation of contemporary ceramics that are both rich and unique. Using an algorithmic approach to 3D pattern design, certain manufacturing constraints—maximum overhang, width, height and depth, shrinkage and internal support structure—were taken into account when the geometry of the tiles was generated. Because the tiles were 3D printed, applying variations to their shapes allowed for poetic ways of ‘painting with shapes’. This is done by applying a transparent blue runny glaze that creates on the convex portions of the tiles (the hills) a light blue colour while allowing for deep blue glaze pools in the concave (valley) areas of the tiles, creating smooth transitions between hues of blue. The deep blue colour reflects the connection to Delft Blue porcelain and the surrounding canals, and it provides a pleasing contrast to the earth-toned brickwork of the building.

photo_credit Riccardo De Vecchi
Riccardo De Vecchi
photo_credit Riccardo De Vecchi
Riccardo De Vecchi

Combining this all together the project embodies the unique identity of Delft in a contemporary way, by referring to its history with its algorithmically designed nature inspired patterns in blue and referring to Delft of today as the city of knowledge by using cutting-edge design and 3D printing technology.

photo_credit Riccardo De Vecchi
Riccardo De Vecchi
photo_credit Riccardo De Vecchi
Riccardo De Vecchi

Team:

Client: BPD(Bouwfonds Property Development), Ballast Nedam Development, Ballast Nedam Bouw West

Architect New Delft Blue, Contractor and 3D ceramic printing: Studio RAP

Glazing and Firing: Koninklijke Tichelaar

Architect PoortMeesters: VY Architects

Mounting: Kooistra Geveltechniek

Rear structure: Lomax Systems

Photographer: Riccardo De Vecchi

Movie: Oculus Film

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