Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
L-Shaped House in Belgium by Cocoon Architecten
March 16th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Cocoon Architecten
This house for a small family is located in a residential area in Belgium. In this first stage, the client asked for a small house with a high level of detail. After some time, the house will be enlarged by adding some additional volumes to accommodate their future needs. Because of the shape and location of the land, three important points were to be considered when designing the house.
First of all, because it is a very small house, the quality of living should remain high. Therefore, the street level is designed as an open area, with big windows towards the garden, to enable the inner rooms to expand into the outside with as little as possible amount of borderlines.
Secondly, there is an issue of privacy, since the building is located on a corner of two streets. The facades of the building facing the streets are kept as close as possible, while the other sides are very open. In the street facades we made some openings to enable a dialogue with the surrounding area and not close it completely from the neighbourhood.
Third, the sculptural stairs in the living area connect the lower and upper floors in a playfull way.
The construction of this building consists mainly out of a steel frame, cladded with panels. Since the building is well insulated, it was also a good opportunity to reduce energy consumption costs using solar panels combined with an underground heat pump and low temperature heating. This system also allows cooling down the house in the summer.
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