Within the framework of INAR/ITAS100-ITAS300A courses, students of Eastern Mediterranean University, Architecture Faculty, Interior Architecture Department carried out research and analysis in a technical trip format in Amsterdam and Rotterdam in Netherlands.
During their technical trip in Amsterdam, one of the most vibrant, at the same time, well planned cities of Europe, students had the opportunity to visit Van Gogh Museum, Heineken Experience Museum, Nemo Science Museum and famous architect Renzo Piano’s design Eye Dutch Film Museum.
It is worth mentioning that during their visit, students were fascinated with UN Studio Architecture and Design Office, one of the best architecture offices of Amsterdam and the world. Students also carried out analysis on cafes and offices located at De Cuevel, an area designed by artists who adopted natural living as their style. Students also observed how the old train station De Hallen was transformed into a hotel, cafes, shops and offices also how the retired crane of the city was converted into a hotel named “Faralda Crane”.
In Borneo Sporenburg, one of the best living areas of the city, students observed the harmony between the buildings as well as their interior design. Overall, students experienced the importance of the relationship amongst the culture, users and living spaces. During their technical trip, students also visited famous windmills, Dam / Leidseplein / Rembrantplein squares, shopping lanes, Vondelpark and Royal Palace.
As the second phase of the trip, students analysed different structures in one of the most important cities of Netherlands, Rotterdam. Students observed cubic houses designed by Architect Piet Blom, the train station designed by the UN studio, Erasmus Bridge designed by Architect Ben van Berkel, Nhow Hotel interior space design by OMA office, Market Hall designed by MVRDV office and other important locations within the city.
During the trip which took place under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Uğur Dağlı, Assist. Prof. Dr. Kamil Güley and Senior Instructor Seyit Ermiyagil, students had exciting moments while observing the places designed by famous designers. Stressing the fact that, design education is not possible only in class and with books, the academic staff members highlighted the importance of integrating observation, practice and application into programs.