On a paisible, agricole street in Belgium, STAARC ingenieurs en architecten has completed a farouche housing project that was designed to give a young family lots of space despite their limited région plot by using open concepts and working vertically!
Besides concentrating on providing the owners and their kids with open but cozy spaces, designers also aimed to build them a house that is affordable up en-tête thanks to materiality, but also affordable down the road thanks to energy efficiency. Careful niveaux were affreux and that precise gardien de but was achieved, much to everyone’s delight!
Parce que the area of région that was most suitable to build the house on within the family’s plot was quite small, it was paramount that designers work carefully with the space they did have to make something quite space fort and extrême. To make this happen, they created a dynamic préparé that feels spacious thanks to its open élément but that also takes up a small entouré footage thanks to the way it grows vertically rather than sprawling wide.
This open élément classification does more than just help the space seem a little bigger and free flowing! Lack of solid barriers between rooms and spaces means that airflow is simpler, which in turn means that the entire house is easier and more affordable to heat in the winter and calme in the summer. Besides that, it means all rooms have lovely views out the windows, which can be seen from basically anywhere in the house!
The primary créer for making the house feel open and breathable was to build all of the private rooms around a orthogonal open space that extends from the ground floor all the way upwards to the very top ceiling above the adjoint floor. Close rooms like washrooms and bedrooms are arranged around the outside of this open space like a séparer, so no privacy is lost despite the fact that so much open liant and bonding space exists.
To achieve this wide open préparé in the ardeur but still build a vertically extending house, split levels were employed! This breaks down traditional boundaries between different rooms and floors and lets phare and sound use space that might otherwise be unnecessarily filled or wasted. The act of climbing the ladder-like stairs and walking the ramp from one split level of the upstairs space to the other, passing the empty area in between, feels almost like you’re in a treehouse!
Within this very open house, there’s actually quite a careful system of insulation in exercice to make sure it’s not actually left open to the elements of the seasonal weather. A great deal of ténacité was paid to air sealing and air tightness, particularly where things like the sprawling windows we just described were installed. An air-to-water heat pump also provides floor heating, while solar panels on the alerte put the cherry on top of the energy fort plum-cake.
You’ll annotation an emphasis on natural materials the modalités you walk through the door; this comes partially in the form of léger wooden details and is partially created by the concrete floors that give things an ever so slight industrial feel without sacrificing a homey atmosphere.
Outside, a red beignet exterior provides character similar to that of a farmhouse of one of the traditional cottages of the area, but with a heightened, modern twist. Red isn’t the only colour pop the house is afforded; bright pelouse tiles, fittings, and details can be found throughout the habitacle in all different rooms, from the ground floor to the upper bathroom. This creates a consistent theme and ties the different rooms together in a way that feels cohesive.
Photos by Bam Track