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Analytical Architectural Drawing: what can we learn about co-living from the Jacoba van Beierenlaan student housing complex? 


The objective of this architecture competition is to obtain knowledge about co-living by producing analytical drawings of a specific existing building. Analytical drawing here is understood as an effective precedent study, interpretation and processing communicated in the form of a two-dimensional image. 


The premise that knowledge can be obtained from analytical drawings means that rather than using the instruments and methods of architecture to design a new building, participants in the competition will use them to capture an existing building in all its vibrancy and life. 


Built in 1966 in Delft, Jacoba van Beierenlaan was one of the first large scale student complexes in the Netherlands, with a strong communal programme. Over the years, it has acquired a reputation for being messy, chaotic and wild. The water which surrounds the complex contains a multitude of objects including broken furniture, shopping carts and an accumulation of beer bottles, among other refuse. In the summer, the staircases are taken over by DJ sets, inflatable swimming pools and BBQs that are put out for a continuous daytime festival.


There are 32 flats in the complex, each accommodating a group of 16-18 students. Inhabitants have individual bedrooms and share a generous communal space (a kitchen, a bar area, a common room, 2 toilets, 2 showers and a laundry room). Each flat has an identity, defined by its own traditions, activities, atmosphere and ways of organising chores. In this sense, each of the small communities that live in each flat displays a significant degree of cohesion, collective decision making and collective management of shared resources.


With the aforementioned objective in mind, with this competition we are looking for analytical drawings that are able to explore, examine and discover the ways in which these shared student houses are used and the ways in which they perform. 


In other words, we are looking for drawings that are able to simultaneously analyse the built architecture, its inhabiting community and the ways in which both of them are managed. The knowledge produced or developed through these analytical drawings will contribute to the discourse of collective living that could be applicable for other age groups and demographics elsewhere. Collective living is a new movement in contemporary housing, seen as an innovative option for dealing with housing crisis, so Jacoba van Beierenlaan is an interesting case study that can enrich the debate about how people can live together in the future. 


On these grounds, each participant will submit a single analytical drawing of the existing building, which makes visible several among the different variables which define this architecture, its use and its performance. The focus of the drawing, as well as the technique that is employed in its development should teach us about co-living by exploring aspects of the reality which might be overlooked. 


Conventional technical architectural drawings such as plans, sections and axonometric views are encouraged, albeit with innovative and hopefully complex approaches. Beyond new versions of traditional representations there is room for radical innovation and imagination. A single drawing can combine different methods and techniques, such as text, different scales or different perspectives. Submissions can be made in teams but remain limited to a single drawing per entry. Criteria for evaluation are clarity, originality, correctness and innovation. The competition is open to participants of all educational and professional backgrounds.


In order to get access to the information package including base drawings, models, photographs and references, please send an email to jvbcommunityproject@gmail.com titled ‘Information Package’.


Registration, submission and inquiries should be sent to jvbcommunityproject@gmail.com

There is no registration fee for this competition and there are no country restrictions. To register, please send an email containing: full name (or names if working in a team), contact email address, professional background and the country you are based in.

For the submission, please send JPEG or PDF over mail and be mindful of the file size (max 25MB). If your drawing is selected for the exhibition, we will contact you and request high resolution files (300dpi on A1, not lower than 150dpi). 



Registration: 23:59 CET, 4th June

Submission: 23:59 CET, 11th June EXTENDED to 23:59 CET 16th June



•1000 EUR money prize 

•Drawing displayed at the JVB Exhibition in Delft in summer 2021


The results of the competition will be publicised through TU Delft in a written publication and on social media as part of a collective investigation into co-housing. 

JVB Expo is collaborating with Project Together! – a collective of multiple institutions who advance collaborative housing practices. Together! aims to start the debate about the way we want to live together in the 21st century by hosting a wide-ranging programme of talks, workshops and activities including citizens, professionals and scholars. If you’re curious about the program of Project Together!, stay up to date through their website www.projecttogether.nl Or if you would like to know more about the overarching research conducted by the Co-Lab Research Group of TU Delft, see www.co-lab-research.net