Belgium. A brick house between openess and privacy

The single family residence by Belgian studio Egide Meertens Plus Architecten is enclosed by a continuous brick wall, with each room looking towards an intimate garden.

Egide Meertens Plus Architects, Casa unifamiliare aperta, De Haan, Belgio, 2017

Egide Meertens Plus Architects has completed a brick single family resindence in De Haan, Belgium. The design of this house is implanted onto the location of a building plot: a corner plot at the junction of two rural roads. A closed brick wall embraces the building and its front garden, creating the necessary security with respect to these two streets. A big window breaks through the closed structure, allowing a visual bridge between the house and its surroundings.

Behind this wall lurks an open ground-floor dwelling. Big windows offer a view of an indoor garden and the back garden. Each room has a visual relationship with this intimate outdoor environment. The architecture of the two volumes externalises the different functions: The living rooms are located under a flat roof, whilst the bedrooms have a pitched roof. A big window in the side wall of this upstairs floor draws in plenty of daylight. The roof slope reverberates via the void deep into the room.

Img.10 Egide Meertens Plus Architecten, Open family house, De Haan, Belgium, 2017
Egide Meertens Plus Architecten, Open family house, De Haan, Belgium, 2017
Open family home
De Haan, Belgium
Egide Meertens Plus Architecten

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