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Meintje Delisse

Fagelstraat 57hs, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Meintje Delisse is a Dutch architect. Graduated with Campus Cultura in March 2018 at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. Meintje worked the past years in different offices in Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro and New York. Currently she is working at bureau SLA and guest-teacher at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam.

Campus Cultura


a social landscape for cultural encounters

Campus Cultura


a social landscape for cultural encounters
The use of social architecture for cultural exchanges with refugees
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  • New areas of operation

The famous Orphanage of Aldo van Eyck is an example of social architecture from the 60's. With Campus Cultura I would like to revaluate the applicability of social architecture as a solution for actual problems in society.
In recent years, the influx of refugees in Europe lead to tension in many countries. Forgotten is that these refugees bring many cultural enrichments along which I would like to show to local citizens, in order to reduce the social tension.
Therefore a public space is needed offering the right conditions to alow casual encounters between locals and newcomers.
Campus Cultura gives these refugees a home in the city, like Aldo van Eyck offered orphans a ‘family’ with the Orphanage. “A good house is like a smal city, a city like a large house”, wrote Van Eyck. Campus Cultura is a large house and a small city.



the landscape of encounters seen from the street, covered public space for spontaneous and unexpected acquaintances

the unprogrammed interspace around the theatre; open space for free use

the auditorium in the old patio of the Burgerweeshuis. Through a difference in height between the roof and floor, a stratification arises in the manner of participation and use

plan of Campus Cultura. The existing structure of the Burgerweeshuis and the Tripolis towers, with new public functions in the voids

the structure of the connecting roof responds to the existing and transforms along with the structure of the Burgerweeshuis and the Tripolis towers

Campus Cultura


a social landscape for cultural encounters

Campus Cultura


a social landscape for cultural encounters
The use of social architecture for cultural exchanges with refugees
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

The famous Orphanage of Aldo van Eyck is an example of social architecture from the 60's. With Campus Cultura I would like to revaluate the applicability of social architecture as a solution for actual problems in society.
In recent years, the influx of refugees in Europe lead to tension in many countries. Forgotten is that these refugees bring many cultural enrichments along which I would like to show to local citizens, in order to reduce the social tension.
Therefore a public space is needed offering the right conditions to alow casual encounters between locals and newcomers.
Campus Cultura gives these refugees a home in the city, like Aldo van Eyck offered orphans a ‘family’ with the Orphanage. “A good house is like a smal city, a city like a large house”, wrote Van Eyck. Campus Cultura is a large house and a small city.



the landscape of encounters seen from the street, covered public space for spontaneous and unexpected acquaintances

the unprogrammed interspace around the theatre; open space for free use

the auditorium in the old patio of the Burgerweeshuis. Through a difference in height between the roof and floor, a stratification arises in the manner of participation and use

plan of Campus Cultura. The existing structure of the Burgerweeshuis and the Tripolis towers, with new public functions in the voids

the structure of the connecting roof responds to the existing and transforms along with the structure of the Burgerweeshuis and the Tripolis towers


Idea by

Meintje Delisse
Fagelstraat 57hs
Amsterdam
Netherlands
Meintje Delisse is a Dutch architect. Graduated with Campus Cultura in March 2018 at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. Meintje worked the past years in different offices in Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro and New York. Currently she is working at bureau SLA and guest-teacher at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam.