The architect wanted the most possible daylight. The result was a glasshouse.
The architects focused on creating as open a living as possible as they designed the minimalist glasshouse. in Belgium. The housing, which is a simple rectangular shape, resembles a transparent glass box. Due to the lush forest growth on all sides, it was important for the architects to provide access to the most natural light.
– A 50 meter long wall serves as a backdrop for the transparent housing, explains Michael Lammens from Govaert&Vanhoutte Architecten. It also ensures a good level of privacy. For the sake of the environment, the house got low ceilings, and indoors it is divided into different levels.
The villa, called Villa Roches, is integrated in an elongated terrain of 70 times 30 meters. The house itself is 50 meters long and 6 meters wide. The wall behind the house is visible both from the outside and the inside of the house and therefore becomes a natural part of the interior. To follow the square shape of the house, all rooms and departments are shaped as clearly defined boxes.
Rooms & Features
On the ground floor and level with the garden there is entrance, kitchen, dining room and fireplace. The kitchen can be separated from the dining room with a large sliding door. The children’s bedroom and the master bedroom are located on top of each other on two different levels. The living room consists of one and a half height which in turn ties together with the children’s room with a sloping hallway.
– By building the interior at different levels it was possible to retain the rectangular shape of the house, explains the architect.
In the basement under the living room and kitchen there is a garage, and along the long wall on the front of the house, the architect has made a swimming pool for the enjoyment of the children in the house.
– The underground part of the house was important to reduce the volume above ground level, ending the lamb. This was particularly important because of the limited space and to give the house the visual impression of a large pavilion.
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