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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.

SUMMER HOUSE V AT K in Koksijde, Belgium by BURO II & ARCHI+I

July 12th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BURO II & ARCHI+I

Design that facilitates moments of relaxation with the family.
Honorary mention Architectural Prize Koksijde – category Familiy houses.
The plot is located in a characteristic coastal neighbourhood in the dunes. The main typology here consists of detached houses. There are still a few typical fishermen’s cottages from the beginning of the last century left.

Image Courtesy © Siska Vandecasteele

  • Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I
  • Project: SUMMER HOUSE V AT K
  • Location: Koksijde, Belgium
  • Photography: Siska Vandecasteele

Image Courtesy © Siska Vandecasteele

The use of the house acted as the guiding principle for the design. The ground floor was conceived of as an open plan containing the entrance, garage, bathroom and a polyvalent space. This area also functions storage space and sleeping and accommodation space for visiting children or grandchildren. Sliding windows that reach as high as the ceiling and venetian blind shutters which can be opened allow for optimal enjoyment of the garden when indoors. The first floor commands stunning views and a covered patio completes the holiday feeling. This floor contains the following living functions: an open living space at roof height adjacent to the patio, a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.

Image Courtesy © Siska Vandecasteele

The duality in use reveals itself in the materials used for the house, which refer to the typology of the fishermen’s cottages with whitewashed stonework, a black tarred base and a sloping, red-tiled roof. All around the base on the ground floor there are semi-transparent venetian blind shutters that can open, while the first floor was constructed using white architectural concrete (formed from sandblasted pine planks) and has a sloping red-tiled roof.

When the house is not in use, the semi-transparent shutters are closed and the house forms a clearly delineated volume. On the street side the plot is secluded by deciduous hedges so that only the white upper floor is visible from the public domain.

This ‘summer house’ has an extremely functional design. The particularly original concept of this house guarantees its inhabitants the pleasure of moments of relaxation and togetherness with their family, while sufficient privacy has also been provided. The design is also a contemporary interpretation of the characteristic fishermen’s cottages in the coastal surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Siska Vandecasteele

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