MIDDLE GROUND BETWEEN TOOLS AND DOMESTIC SPACE
COMMISSIONED BY : Z33, HOUSE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
‘Koterijen’ are typical belgian, self-built spaces, attached to the back of the main house building, developing in the backyard. They are generally used as laundry room, storage, extended living room, workshop...
These are real open-social spaces, where parts of the resident’s home are modified to fit their daily activities.
The spaces grow and are shaped according to the resident’s needs and skills.
The neighbourhood of ‘tuinwijk’ in hasselt has been the ideal local context for researching community behaviours, possibilities and opportunities in relation to such spaces.
Co-terijen proposes a new intra-domestic communal space, connecting several ‘koterijen’ and built together by groups of residents to enhance shared activities and human encounters exchanging skills, space and tools.