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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Office AST 77 + Apartment in Tienen, Belgium by AST 77

 
January 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: AST 77

Back in 2006, architect engineer Peter Van Impe  was searching for a place to accomodate his newly founded architects and engineers office, AST 77 architects and engineers office. He stumbled upon a post-war townhouse located at the edge of the city park of Tienen. After some research this lot, of just 60 square meters, turned out to be suited for construction. Although others never considered this small piece of land to be a usable building lot, Peter transformed it into a spacious house/office by upholding the less is more principle.

Image Courtesy © Jan Liegeois

  • Architects: AST 77
  • Project: Office AST 77 + Apartment
  • Location: Tienen, Belgium
  • Photography: Steven Massart, Separate Reality, Jan Liegeois, Yvan De Saedeleer, Liesbet Goetschalckx, Marcel Van Coile
  • Name client: AST 77 bvba
  • Name Contractors: Kris Hermans, Makke dakwerken, Hobbygro, Roelants Glas, Schiffeleers-Glas, Ronny Marteaux, Taes Keukens, Dirk Andries, Fraeyman bvba, Fremosia Parket, Toca bvba \
  • Name architect: Arch.- ing. Peter Van Impe 
  • Name engineer: Arch.- ing. Peter Van Impe, ir. arch. Bart Gullentops
  • Name safety coordinator: Arch. ing. Koen Laurijssens
  • Name energy consultant: ing. Gert Vanderlinden

Image Courtesy © Yvan De Saedeleer

  • Materials: Concrete – wood construction
    Walls outside: fiber cement boards-Eternit
    Walls outside: fiber cement slates – Eternit
    Floor / kitchen: bamboo – Fremosia Parket
    Windows: Aluminum  – Schüco
    Windows: Construction glass – Profilit
    Walls inside: Plasterboard
    Concrete building blocks
    Stairs: Steel
    Wardrobes: Medium-Density Fibreboard Black
    Heating: Floor heating – Vasco Viessemann – Jaga

Image Courtesy © Steven Massart

  • Construction Year: 2007 – 2008
  • Surface area: 60 m²
  • Built area 60 m²
  • Living surface: 125 m²
  • Energy level: E 74
  • Building cost: € 180.000,00
  • Phase: Built 

Image Courtesy © Steven Massart

The new-built house is an example of how to use every square meter to the fullest. The facade exists out of wall-high window panels that can be fully opened on sunny days. Inside, a steel perforated black staircase connects office and living spaces while keeping and reinforcing the transparency-principle of the house.

Image Courtesy © Steven Massart

Where as the office is made up of a black and white colour scheme, the living spaces uses warmer materials such as bamboo grass. The walls are made up out of concrete building blocks painted grey, that slightly change colours depending on the amount and direction of sunligh entering the house. The bedroom and bathroom are placed on the highest level, which also includes a roof terrace with a view on one of the boulevards of Tienen.

Image Courtesy © Steven Massart

Image Courtesy © Steven Massart

Image Courtesy © Steven Massart

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Image Courtesy AST 77

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