Belgian property settled in leafy grounds enjoys boundary-free relationship between inside and outside space
Conix Architects’ design of this residence originated from a very thorough examination of the demands of the client. Besides a number of specific demands, the practice had to take the very steep plot into account when implanting the building. The design is characterised by its rational composition; its starting point is a compact volume based on a grid of 16 cubes per level. If necessary, cubes where taken out to create open spaces and terraces.
Due to the variations in cut-outs and cantilevers, the structural elements are obviously present. The excisions out of the main volume create an interesting dialogue between the interior and exterior spaces. In this way, the residence has a clear relationship with the surrounding garden and the interior is enriched with light and multiple views. This is intensified by the choice of building materials: the main volume is covered with a dark rough stone, while the excisions are covered with a light smooth natural stone.
The house was designed taking into account the demands of the future habitants. The ground floor accommodates the entrance hall, the central area from which all spaces are accessible. The hall is conceived as a separate identity, offering visual relations between the various spaces. The living room, dining room and office are the most important areas. On the first floor, the private living room, the bed rooms, bath rooms and a guest room are located.