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.
Weekend house in Merchtem, Belgium by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen
October 8th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen
This weekend house occupies the complete surface of a deep lot in small town in Flanders. The long backyard of an existing row house is transformed into the weekend house proper; the whole length becomes the house, turning the existing building into a guest house. The new house is organized as a perspective sequence of four equal rooms, thus providing a sequence of similar spaces whose infill is always different. The sequence of spaces organizes a variety of distinct characteristics—a garden, a pool house, a courtyard, a living room. Central wall openings create an enfilade throughout the different spaces and a sliding glass roof enhances the flexibility of their usage. Each of the rooms gets its specificity through its particular furniture. Together they form a set of interlocking mini-universes.
The brick walls are doubled, allowing auxiliary features such as sliding glass doors, double doors, and a fireplace to be placed between the walls. A steel corniche, inspired by the rail of the sliding glass roof clearly frames the perimeter. The core of the house is formed by the middle two rooms: one with a fixed roof, where two wood elements make the space inhabitable; and the other is a tropical greenhouse with a mobile roof, which contains a bathroom unit and a swimming pool. On each side of these two rooms one finds a garden room. Closest to the living room is a simple green landscape, and between the green house and the guest house a paved courtyard. In the summer the mobile roof moves over the court, turning the sequence of the four rooms into a complete house, effectively creating a weekend house cut away from any sense of context and reality: a mirage. Each of the fixed elements in the room is an actor in the composition, carefully designed to live together with the residents and furniture.