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.
Mieke & Sander’s house in Boutersem, Belgium by BC Architects
December 15th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: BC Architects
A renovation extension of an existing farmhouse, with a new living and kitchen area.
Client Sander and Mieke want to build their home themselves with ecologic principles and a healthy and easy construction process. Sander, a forest manager, has thorough knowledge of wood. This made us choose wood as a principle building material for their home. A timber frame structure is isolated with recycled newsprint and finished with a planking of oak that Sander chose himself from within the forest.
The sanitary hot water works autonomously as it is connected to solar collectors and a wood-based boiler. The solar collectors are incorporated into the south-facing roof of the new annex. The wood-based boiler, integrated into a solid block, will be the heart of the house. In the same block is place for the toilet, cloakroom and access to the basement stairs.
3 axes make sure that the existing and new building are connected to each other. On the ground floor a relationship is created between the office space (existing part) and living space (new part). The storage (existing part) is on same line as the kitchen (new part). The ‘child territory’ on the first floor continues in to the top of the massive block which makes it possible to have contact with the playing children in the living, kitchen area.
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