House on the Leie

Perneel Osten Architecten renovated an old house on the panoramic landscape of River Leie, in Belgium, contrasting the brick exterior and the wooden interiors.

Img.1 Perneel Osten Architecten, House on the Leie, Astene, Belgium 2016. Photo Arnout Fonck
Perneel Osten Architecten renewed an existing house overlooking the river Leie, near Deinze, Belgium. The original volumes were opened and extended into a clear plan: the positioning of the new extension organises the site into different exterior gardens with their own orientation.

 

The design of the windows takes into consideration circulation routes and floor levels to provide panoramic vistas on the gardens and surrounding landscape. A meandering timber roof supported by three concrete chimneys connects old and new, interior and exterior. The roof structure is visible throughout the house and unfolds from the entrance area where you almost touch the structure all the way to the ridge above the bedrooms. The light interiors – with wooden and terrazzo floors, white walls and light coloured wood – contrast with the exterior’s bricks and concrete.

Img.15 Perneel Osten Architecten, House on the Leie, Astene, Belgium 2016. Photo Arnout Fonck
Img.15 Perneel Osten Architecten, House on the Leie, Astene, Belgium 2016. Photo Arnout Fonck

House on the Leie
– Emiel Claus, Astene (Deinze), Belgium
Program: single family house renovation
Architects: Perneel Osten Architecten
Collaborators: Corneel Cannaerts
Engineering: UTIL structuuurstudies
Area: 683 sqm
Cost: € 1.3M
Completion: 2016

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