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  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 3:00 pm on April 6, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: a21 studio, Ho Chi Minh, , , Selected, Vietnam   

    3×9 House / a21 studio 


    © Hiroyuki Oki

    Architects: a21 studio – Hiệp Hòa Nguyễn, Nhơn Quí Nguyễn
    Location: Ho Chi Minh,
    Project Area: 27 sqm
    Completed: 2012
    Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

       

    © Hiroyuki Oki

    Even in Ho Chi Minh, a chaotic and highly density city, a 3 m wide and 9 m deep plot in a narrow street is still considered as a thorny problem for renovating an old house to a more comfortable and functional space. The house is designed for a middle age woman and her friend, who are inspired by music and beauty of nature.

    © Hiroyuki Oki

    The modesty and cleanliness are the first impressions of the house look. Horizontal louvers embellished with some flowers give distinction but not strange to its exterior in compare with neighbours. The ground floor seems to be larger and tidier because of the combination of living room, dinner, and kitchen without any partitions to define the spaces. The familiar materials such as bricks and steels are used flexibly to add raw feeling to these man-made spaces.

    © Hiroyuki Oki

    Moreover, nature is delivered into the house by the introduction of a tree right at the entrance. This tree, as a living body, not only softens rough sides of the design but also connect the ground space to the upper space. The second floor with the same language is the space where bedroom and toilet are located, emphasize the rich of daylight due to its openness to the sky.

    axonometric

    The connection between bedroom and toilet is collection of sparse wooden pieces, which cause flows of light, wind, rain and even human intentions among the house. This is also the place where the tree meets its need for sunlight. Thus, it can be said that nature is skilfully to any corners of the house by creating “connecting space” which bridges and adjusts the difference domains and places, from outside to the ground floor and the second floor before being back to outside through the roof opening up to the sky.


















     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 4:30 am on March 27, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , Melbourne, Phooey Architects, Selected   

    Ashburton House / Phooey Architects 


    © Peter Bennetts

    Architects: Phooey Architects
    Location: ,
    Site: 840 sqm
    Floor Area: 240 sqm
    Year Competed: 2009
    Project Team: Peter Ho, Emma Young, Lucy Williams, Leigh de Longville, James Baradine & Alan Ting
    Structural Engineer: Perrett Simpson Stantin
    Landscape Design: Simon Ellis
    Photographer: Peter Bennetts

    © Peter Bennetts

    The form of the new house is an extruded L shape, two storeys tall. The inside of the L is lined with windows that face a linear park & its canopy of trees to the south-east of the site. “The new house was designed around one long view,” says Peter, & it is as simple as that. All the rooms take advantage of it … The house is planned around views from the inside, yet the aesthetic focus is mainly on the exterior. The metal-clad upper storey, with its jutting, angled planes, is not mere sculptural play, however.

    floor plans

    Peter describes it as a “sawtooth facade.” Like a roof on its side, it is a self-shading wall – the angled planes block summer sun from striking & heating the surface … Inside the house, there is a joyous feeling of being in the tree canopy, with the park stretching into the distance … Multiple access points allow the clients’ children to run around & through the house. There is a real empathy with how children will perceive & enjoy the space in the way Peter speaks about the internal planning.










     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 2:30 am on March 27, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , Brisbane, , , Richard Kirk Architect, Selected   

    Arbour House / Richard Kirk Architect 


    © Scott Burrows

    Architects: Richard Kirk Architect
    Location: New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland,
    Completed: 2009
    Structural Engineer: Bornhorst & Ward
    Hydraulic Engineer: Cushway Blackford
    Photographer: Scott Burrows

     

    © Scott Burrows

    Arbour House, located on the Bulimba Reach of the Brisbane River, is a study in siting and intricate articulation to yield views and landscape connections . The long thin 13 meter wide site is located between two key public spaces, namely an established historic arbour of fig trees and a public riverfront boardwalk. The site which once formed part of the surrounding multi-residential enclave is now distinquished by a new single detached dwelling. Unlike other riverfront houses, the new dwelling is sited a respectful distance from the rivers edge, preserving an 80 year old Poincianna tree and historic public views from the boardwalk of the adjoing heritage listed dwelling.

    © Scott Burrows

    The large setback creates a platform for a private garden under the shade of the canopy of the Poincianna tree. The level of the platform and the height of the Poincianna tree and the Arbour established the two datums for the setout of public and private spaces of the dwelling. The public riverfront living levels are adjacent to this space whislt the rear living spaces are elevated above the garage to look into the canopy of the Arbour. The private bedroom spaces of the upper level are raised to a height to afford views of the tree canopy and river yet privacy from the public river boardwalk.

    © Scott Burrows

    The dwelling adopts a courtyard typology with two pavillions linked by a large double height stairwell and external courtyard. The form is conceptualised as an object carved from a solid volume of the allowable building area with the courtyard providing a protective volume from which to cross ventilate each of the spaces of the house and to allow the different spaces of the house connection but also discrete and subtle separation – the family home as a village.

    © Scott Burrows

    The long section of the dwelling is key – the front pavilion folds and adjusts to its riverfront landscape while the rear pavillion is raised higher to enjoy views onto the canopy of the surounding arbour and facilitate a cross view through the long site to the river. The dwelling orientates itself around a large external courtyard. The courtyard articulates the form of the dwelling and creates a heroic moment from which to enter.

    © Scott Burrows

    The northern face of the building form is articulated by rotating the external walls 15 degrees. The walls peel away from each other resulting in thin vertical fissures which allow northern light and breezes to filter through. The vertical fissures afford the significant rooms of the house a private visual connection to views down the longest reach of the Brisbane River.

    1st floor plan

    The materiality of the dwelling is defined by an exterior and interior skin. The external zinc clad skin acts as a robust barrier to the elements wrapping and folding to protect the inner skins that are generally made of recycled bespoke timbers employed as facade systems and cladding layers. The internal skin is comprised of a number of recycled timbers selected for their durability and colour. The timber is tailored like a bespoke piece of joinery to the specific requirements of the spaces and the spaces are treated in a similar manner whether internal or external.

















     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 1:00 am on March 27, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Bukit Timah, , , Selected, Singapore, Topos Design Studio   

    Sunset / Topos Design Studio 


    © Derek Swalwell

    Architects: Topos Design Studio – Alan Fan, Lim Hong Kian
    Location: Bukit Timah, Singapore
    Main Contractor: Millard Pte Ltd
    Quantity Surveyor: Barton Associates Pte Ltd
    Civil and Structural Engineer: First Engineer Consultants
    Completion: 2007
    Site: 950 sqm
    Floor Area: 590 sqm
    Photographs: Derek Swalwell

    © Derek Swalwell

    Situated in a secluded cul-de-sac in the fashionable area of Bukit Timah in Singapore, this private family residence is a beautiful and understated piece of bespoke and holistic architectural design. The modest entrance façade gently invites you through into a stunning pool area which reveals the U-shaped plan of the building. This form allows for seclusion as well as views of the pool area from virtually every room in the house as well as fantastic ventilation through full height sliding louver and glass doors. This is helped by the orientation of residence to make full use of the day and night prevailing breeze.

    © Derek Swalwell

    The simple no fuss architectural language of the house is further accentuated by a 4 tone colour palette to not only highlight the form, but also to allow the client’s stunning pieces of furniture to take centre stage. This unpretentious approach in keeping to the natural and simplistic setting of the built environment led to a refined and elegant feel to the spaces, worthy of the esteemed client.

    © Derek Swalwell

    The quality of light and the form on the interior spaces were key to the design which is evident from the generously proportioned lounge and the double height dining area of the first floor. These grand rooms offer fantastic spaces for the family to congregate and enjoy time together.

    © Derek Swalwell

    The second floor of the property is dedicated to the private realms of the users and a relaxing alternative lounge away from the main family area. A comprehensive aluminum louver system, across this floor, aids in sun shading, so as to minimize air-con usageas well as to offer exclusive and spiritual privacy against the surrounding properties.

    basement plan

    Materials Used
    Some Materials and Finishes used for the Surfaces, Partitions, Floorings, Walls:
    1. BiancoCarraraand Molton Brown Marble for Living, Dining, Dry Kitchen floor.
    2. Bush hammered and flamed Kur Grey Granite for all outdoors and external walls.
    3. Blue turquoise mosaic for the pool and Burmese Teak Timber flooring for all bedrooms and common corridors.
    4. Calacatta Oro and Breccia Paradiso Marble for all the bathrooms. Various vinyl backed Essex Singapore Wall paper for all the bedrooms and common areas.

    first floor plan

    5. Duravit, Hansgrohe and GerebitSanitary Wares and system
    6. Jung EIB Switch Systems
    7. Ferro Aluminum Sun shading and Window System
    8. Hunter Douglas Mechanical Sun shading Blinds
    9. RIMADESIO Velaria Glass Sliding Partition Door System supplied By Vivo Systems Singapore
    10. Ironmongeries by Dorma Systems andHewi180 Series (Door Handles)

    Summarised Design Concept
    1. Proportioned, Timeless, Tailored Elegance


















     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 7:00 pm on March 26, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Chile, Gonzalo Mardones Viviani, , , Nico Saieh, Santiago, Selected   

    Ignacia Apartments / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani 


    Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
    Location: Santiago,
    Constructor: Salvador Errázuriz
    Engineer: Alfonso Larraín
    Project Year: 2011
    Photographs: Nico Saieh

    © Nico Saieh

    The Ignacia Apartments Is placed in Santiago de Chile, in a neighborhood with residences in low, medium and high density, surrounded by parks and squares and the presence of the north hills, the Mountains and the proximity of the Mapocho River.

    © Nico Saieh

    The investment operation consists in an atypical operation; instead of selling apartments sell square meters. Each owner buy the square meters for develop by order the apartment for the program of they needs.

    © Nico Saieh

    Ignacia is a group of four large square footage apartments consisting in two volumes with two apartments each. The volumes, with a rectangular floor plan, have three complete floors and a fourth floor which is set back allowing the use of the roofs as terraces and swimming pools (Fifth façade).

    © Nico Saieh

    Also the project includes the use of the habitable underground. (We call it the sixth façade) Penetrate the underground spaces is a unique possibility of light and natural ventilation. Burying and open to the underground and enable a new landscape which highlights the compressed presence of near walls as a doorway to the sky.

    © Nico Saieh

    As in all our works, also we insist in the use of dividing walls as architectonic support (seventh façade). In this case the division walls characterize a new panorama, making a new landscape possible and a new place for the building.

    © Nico Saieh

    The four apartments have the special condition being that they are all different, both regarding their programs and their square footage. Each apartment has at least two levels and each one is accessed through a double height space.

    © Nico Saieh

    The program is resolved mainly in the section, as the apartments are intercalated vertically and horizontally in a spatial interplay, searching for natural light on the basis of set-backs and balconies. The sustainability of Ignacia building is principally by the use of the fifth, sixth and seventh façades. These permits separate the building, heat and cold, creating natural isolation, ventilation and lighting.

    © Nico Saieh

    The importance of using and controlling the natural light and shadow permitted a bioclimatic proposal and the creation of intermediate spaces that permits the use of the interior spaces to stay, play and rest with natural light all day long.

    first floor plan

    Also, each dwelling sets with the rooms to the north (sun). A correct orientation and solar panels on the roofs contributed to the energy saving. The only element that unifies all the apartments is the materiality and the terminations. Only one material reinforces the idea of a unique volume: the concrete.

    second floor plan

    The interiors are entirely white that permits more luminosity, reflecting the light. Doors, windows and carpentries were in cedar wood. From a constructive point of view the building is resolved with concrete incorporating titanium dioxide and a system of phenolic molds with 5 inch wide planks, which have been designed and modulated on the basis of the geometry of the windows, sills, beams and walls. The entire building square footage is 2670 m2 total and each apartment goes between 400 and 500 m2 interior.


































     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 2:30 am on March 26, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: ACDF*, , , La Malbaie, , Public Facilities, Selected   

    Conan Library and City Hall of Ville de La Malbaie / acdf*, Bisson / Desganés Architectes in Consortium 


    © Stéphane Groleau

    Architects: acdf* / Bisson / Desganés Architectes in Consortium
    Location: Ville de , Québec,
    Completion: 2011
    Costing: 6.5M $
    Area: 2,040 sqm
    Client: Ville de La Malbaie
    Team: Jonathan Bisson, Normand Desgagnés, Benoit Dupuis, Maxime-Alexis Frappier, Caroline Lajoie, Matthew Belaen, Hugo Blanc, Sabrina Boivin, Antonio Di, Bacco, Jacques Dion, Angélique Dufour, Michelle Dufour, Luis Arias Duque, Yolande Jeanson, Julie Lapointe, Jean-Philippe Parent, Chloé Barabé-Pépin, Joan Renaud, Émilie Turgeon
    Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

    © Stéphane Groleau

    Located on the edge of the St. Lawrence River, La Malbaie was one of Canada’s first holiday resort towns. The new Laure Conan Library and City Hall in La Malbaie, emphasizes the importance of offering a contemporary architecture with a “story to tell.” The project’s main narrative focuses on the value of the site’s historic landscape as it symbolizes the reconciliation between the present city, and the historical landscape closely linked to the St. Lawrence River.

    © Stéphane Groleau

    The city’s name La Malbaie, or “bad bay”, is said to born from the expression used by Samuel de Champlain, and describes the many maritime mishaps related to the bay and its heavy rising and falling tides. The architectural concept of the project is based on the dialogue and contrast between: city/river, wood/stone, and opacity/transparency. The architectural approach integrates several eco-responsible principles: the basic idea of compactness, energy savings, and the use of local resources.

    © Stéphane Groleau

    The project also encouraged local workers to become highly involved in the construction of the project. The abundant use of locally produced wood siding was justified given the crisis currently affecting the forestry industry in the province of Quebec. The dialogue created by the contrasting outdoor materials (dark and light wood, stone, glass), and the visual openings and structural features, are several of the strategies used to create a unique multipurpose building that fully integrates itself into La Malbaie’s urban condition, the natural landscape, and historical narrative.

    © Stéphane Groleau

    The site’s highly sloping topography that reaches towards the St. Lawrence River is one of the bases of the architectural concept. Responding to this dramatic site condition, two different entrance levels were created to access the building while integrating the library and city hall in a very simple volumetric concept. The stone base positioned on the lower portion of the site hosts the city hall, while a wooden clad box rests on top, housing the Library.

    © Stéphane Groleau

    This concept offers a contemporary architectural image against its neighbouring built environment. The use of wood, stone, and conceptual references to the history of the site, fosters a harmonious integration of the building into its context in a contemporary manner. Reading, study, and consultation areas are all located along the façade with an expansive view on the river. Through the fragmentation of the two main masses, certain programmatic functions also receive full views towards the city.

    © Stéphane Groleau

    Further, the spaces located between the two dominating elements of the city and river; offer a unique atmosphere to experience. The city council room and all city hall offices have full fenestration with a view on the water. The positioning of the building on the site preserves the original views from Nairne Street towards the river. The library’s wooden volume extends over the principal outdoor staircase forming a viewing device that amplifies and frames the view on to the St. Lawrence.

    © Stéphane Groleau

    The fragmentation of the library volume reduces the depth of certain sections of the building, allowing complete transparency through the library from Nairne and Saint-Étienne Streets towards the St. Lawrence. The plan of the library is organized to form an open space without structural columns. It is therefore possible to organize the library in many ways, increasing efficiency and flexibility for the future.

    plan 01

    The centrally located service counter offers views on every section of the library requiring supervision. This approach is essential in the context of a small library operating with a minimum number of staff. The multipurpose room is accessible from the entrance hall of the building, or by an independent entrance from the exterior public space. The positioning of the room also provides direct visibility on Saint-Étienne Street.

    The cantilevered form of the library also protects an outdoor space that functions as an extension of the multi-purpose room. This gathering space is also equipped with small bleachers, that can be used for story telling, exhibitions, community receptions, and as a rest area for cyclists and pedestrians using the trails along the St. Lawrence River.





















     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 7:00 pm on March 25, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , Porto Alegre, Selected,   

    Amelia Teles 315 / Smart 


    © André Cavalheiro

    Architecture: Smart
    Location: Rua Amélia Teles 315, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
    Design Team: Ricardo Vellinho Ruschel, architect – author, Márcio Carvalho, architect – co-author, Carlos Eduardo Voegeli, civil engineer – co-author. Andressa Venturini and Matheus Silveira, INTERNS
    Structural Project: Paulo Stumm
    Lighting Design: Eduardo Becker
    Construction Engineer: Carlos Lopes
    Completion: 2010
    Photographs: André Cavalheiro

    © André Cavalheiro

    We live in a moment in time where a crescent pursuit for self-expression, independency and freedom of choice are an important part of a new urban identity in several forms of cultural expression. The Amélia Teles 315 building was created with these premises in mind, almost as a bet that these contemporary perceptions of identity could also be found in and facilitated by architecture. The project had the main goal of exploring the dialogue between private and urban life, specially considering that this dialogue has been forgotten by most real estate developers and architects in Brazil in face of the violence in developed cities.

    © André Cavalheiro

    In the private sphere the relations of identity were reinforced through an open plan apartment coffered concrete slabs that produced no recessed beams, therefore it’s completely customizable and adaptable to the lifestyle of its residents. In the urban sphere, we have a architectonic object that reinforces the respect to the human scale, integrated to its surroundings an the city in the middle of a lively and cosmo polite neighborhood, where some of the city’s main attractions can be reached by a short walk.

    © André Cavalheiro

    The Architecture
    Our goal was to create a building at the same time simple and solid, neutral and timeless. An architecture generated by simple and pure lines that dialogued with the neighbors in a positive way, without sumptuosity or ostentation, integrating itself and interacting with the street.

    © André Cavalheiro

    In some way the same conceptual elements that were part of the residential architecture in the late 50’s and 60’s in Porto Alegre were used, but under a contemporary point of view. The building consists in 8 apartments, ranging from 102 to 127 sq meters as well as 12 parking spaces along its 5 stories, reaching a total build area of 1190 sq meters.

    © André Cavalheiro

    Most of the apartments chose the 1 bedroom configuration, either integrated or semi integrated to the living area. One of the most expressive items of the apartment is the main window that spans 9,40 meters wide and opens 2/3 of it’s length, allowing the complete appropriation of the surrounding views.

    © André Cavalheiro

    Technical aspects
    Throughout the building high performance double-glazed PVC windows were used. All apartments have acoustic insulation underneath the floor and along the sewer piping system. Heating system was provided in the bathrooms and a central automation system controls all the lighting and power outlets.

    elevation 01

    As a part of the technical premises, we wanted to have besides the aesthetic effects of the materials used a very low need of future maintenance and high durability. The exterior walls were finished with glass tiles and only LED lighting fixtures were used in the common areas. The rooftop slabs were covered with a green roof and all landscaping was designed with native species with very low irrigation and maintenance needs.

    The rooftop besides being a technical area that concentrates water storage, security, automation and elevator systems is accessible to the residents. A Brazilian adaptation of the famous New York rooftops.



























     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 5:00 pm on March 23, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Ezzo, , , , Oporto, , Selected   

    Outeiro House / EZZO 


    © João Ferrand

    Architects: EZZO
    Location: Porto,
    Completion: 2011
    Total Area: 165 sqm
    Photographs: João Ferrand

      

    © João Ferrand

    The objective of the project was the conversion of an old house in the area of Porto historical center. The question was to create a single-family house to the 21st century way of living. The house is located in Massarelos, in a tiny picturesque street. During the nineteenth century, Massarelos was one of the areas chosen by the British to build their houses and farmers.

    © João Ferrand

    In the bucolic setting, which to the creation of several footpaths in 2001 (European Capital of Culture), matrix and rural bourgeois, called “Romantic Roads”, this was a very active industrially place during the nineteenth century.

    © João Ferrand

    Given the overriding need to maintain the facade and the existing industrial character of some buildings in the area, we decided to retain the existing facade and the remaining outer walls of the ground and put the new concrete volume in the interior.

    © João Ferrand

    To preserve the traditional surroundings of the site, the house itself becomes a kind of enclosure were the exteriors spaces expand into the interior. The volume of the house is bordered by buildings within the North and South and away from facades, which remained to east and west.

    perspective

    From a material point of view the facade is a passive element, the vertical glass panels give depth to the interior, so you can see and feel the neighboring spaces. Inside, the house is organized on three floors through a central staircase that distributes the inside spaces.
















     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 12:30 am on March 23, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Barcelona, , H Architectes, , , Selected,   

    House 804 / H Architectes 


    © Pedro Antonio Pérez

    Architects: H Arquitectes -David Lorente, JosepRicart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudó
    Location: Parets del Vallès, , Spain
    Collaborators: Blai Cabrero Bosch, Montse Fornés Guàrdia
    Quantity Surveyor: Iñaki González de Mendiguchía
    Completion: 2011
    Surface Constructed: 160 sqm
    Photographs: Pedro Antonio Pérez

    © Pedro Antonio Pérez

    Located in a pleasant residential neighbourhood, the house is a compact building (almost a cube) surrounded by a 3 meters wide perimeter necessary courtyard, which is the minimum mandatory gap based on current regulations. The pre-existing yard, the swimming-pool and the shed set at the back of the plot are preserved by the express wish of the owners.

    © Pedro Antonio Pérez

    The perimeter courtyard, which completely surrounds the house, it is like an outside lounge connected in different ways and intensities with the main interior pieces of the ground floor, giving different qualities and uses to each façade: on the south, a sunny garden is connected with the kitchen; on the west, with the main entrance; on the east, an uncovered parking place with direct access to the kitchen and finally, on the north, a large terrace links the house with the upper garden level and the pre-existing swimming pool.

    © Pedro Antonio Pérez

    The house is made of black concrete block, a material used to solve the load-bearing wall structure and the façades. All the surrounding courtyard elements (fences, pavements, benches, etc.) are also built with the same concrete block working as a unit. Vegetation will finally stamp in time to reach the pretended ambience and character.

    © Pedro Antonio Pérez

    The structure of the house is a load-bearing wall system with three concentric walls, one for each floor, working only under compression. As a consequence, the inner wall ends at the ground floor level, the intermediate at the first floor and the façade reaches the roof floor.

    detail

    Inside the house, in the main rooms, the concrete block walls are not covered.
    For the stairs pavement we used recycled hydraulic pieces coming from the old house of the plot. Under the stairs, where the block walls are wider (30cm), a central fire place faces both the living room and the kitchen.




















     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 1:00 pm on March 22, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , Dierendonck blancke Architecten, , Ghent, , , Selected   

    House 12k / Dierendonck Blancke Architecten 


    © Filip Dujardin

    Architects: Dierendonck Blancke Architecten
    Location: , Belgium
    Design Team: Alexander Dierendonck, Isabelle Blancke, Marie Decoene
    Engineering: Arthur De Roover, Structure
    Surface: 108 sqm
    Budget: 145,000 euro
    Realisation: 2010
    Photographer: Filip Dujardin

    © Filip Dujardin

    Terraced House 12K
    The first steps taken by the architect and the client start with the search of a suitable building site. Under the architect’s advice, two neighboring houses were purchased, which exceeded the budget of the client. However, this allowed them to redefine the plot boundary and construct a new house on one of the two plots. During the construction of the house, the client could continue living in the adjoining house before selling it.

    © Filip Dujardin

    Program / Site
    The programme includes the construction of a small house, for a limited budget in the center of the city of Ghent. The site is a narrow and deep plot, where three floors can be realized.

    © Filip Dujardin

    Concept
    Given the limited width of the site, the design was developed within the section. By seeing the house as a sequence of three elements/parts with varying heights, different conditions could be realized. The first two parts consist of three floors which are connected by a central staircase. The stairs serve the different levels that vary in floor height. This creates different perspectives and a continuity of space. A skylight over the entire surface of the stairwell allows natural light to penetrate deep into the house.

    © Filip Dujardin

    Construction
    One enters the house trough an area with a low ceiling, that is primarily used as a vestibule/storage between the street and living space. The dining room and kitchen in the second part of the house have a substantial ceiling height, creating a visual relationship with the office space above the entrance hall. This space is a home office inbetween the street and the living space. In the extended area of the dining room and kitchen, is the living room. Using an identical skylight as in the stairwell, natural light extends into the center of the living room.

    © Filip Dujardin

    The split level staircase serves the bathroom above the office space, and two rooms above the dining area . By extending the height of the second part of the house within the allowed urban reglementations, it was possible to realize a mezzanine in the upper bedroom on the second floor, and thus achieving maximum use of the floor space. During the construction of the house, the client decided to add a garden shed to the program. This became the fourth and final element in the back of the building plot.

    first level plan

    Roof
    This terraced house is situated in a conservation area of the city and is served with a number of planning rules to answer to. In consultation with the urban design services, there was opted for a sloped roof parallel to the street. This principle was applied to all four elements of the house.

    second level plan

    Materialization
    The concept of the succession of the four parts are drawn in the use of materials and detailing. The bare structure is considered as finishing and expresses the concept. The house consists of two longitudinal walls of painted brick.The rooms are divided by transverse walls erected in concrete blocks. There is no distinction between materials for the exterior and interior shell. The exterior facades and interior walls are in the same concrete block, where the same block window principle is also used.











































     
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