Room in the city

Single family living environment Brussels / Belgium / 2016

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The client, a family of 5, lives in an archetypical row house on a dense plot in the historic centre of Leuven.


The home is transformed into a collection of connected spaces with very diverse characters: a very big, high and bright space with zenithal light becomes the centre of the project. A small adjoining brick shed is reached through a secret staircase. The streetside room serves as a vestibule, a reception space plus storage room. The garden becomes an open air room with green walls and an oversizedwater element.


The rooms are defined through a careful formulation of building elements: a floating glass-roof, a thin concrete staircase, a terrazzo floor slab, a green earth wall, a large sliding window.


This collection of rooms becomes an ambivalent living environment in the continuum of public and private rooms that compose the city fabric.


Project authors
51N4E partners: Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn
51N4E team Jan Haerens, Charlotte Schmidt, Jolein Bergers


Garden design: Plant- enHoutgoed


Engineers
structural engineering: Util, FransLeenaerts, Brussels , Belgium
EPB:iVec, Leuven, Belgium

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    The client, a family of 5, lives in an archetypical row house on a dense plot in the historic centre of Leuven. The home is transformed into a collection of connected spaces with very diverse characters: a very big, high and bright space with zenithal light becomes the centre of the project. A small adjoining brick shed is reached through a secret staircase. The streetside room serves as a vestibule, a reception space plus storage room. The garden becomes an open air room with green walls and...

    Project details
    • Year 2016
    • Work started in 2014
    • Work finished in 2016
    • Client Private
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Single-family residence / Interior Design / Custom Furniture / Building Recovery and Renewal
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