The award-winning apartment with a rooftop bathtub and artistic facades is Antwerp’s coolest residence.
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The sensational residence with colorful façade is located in an area in Antwerp, formerly the area of prostitution.
The thought of the builders, architect couple Silvia Mertens and Peter Peerlings in Sculp (IT) was to give the building the right balance between luxury and functional solutions for everyday use.
The intention of the transparent architecture was to just send a check back to the time when women were exhibiting in the neighborhood.
Combines style and function
The house is 12 meters high, 2.4 meters wide and 5.5 meters deep.
Challenges with difficult land has this house in common with many other architectural projects. But it is possible to build the dream house on a narrow plot.
Because the site the architectural couple had at the disposal of two already existing townhouses, just 2.4m wide, it was in the cards that their only opportunity to get a complete home and a place for the architectural business was to build delicious and narrow height.
The house was built with a frame of steel. Then solid wood flooring was laid in, one floor at a time up to the top of the house. Roughly speaking, four approximately equal floors were stacked in height.
One floor per. function
First floor is earmarked work, second floor is kitchen and dining room, third “relax” and fourth is the place for bedrooms.
The roof is with the pool is unique to enjoy the view, the sky and the Antwerp skyline.
Protected for eyes
Unlike the other zones in the house, residents are completely protected for access when staying upstairs.
Windows turns into artwork
The windows in the house are also special. They have black steel frames and the windows are illuminated by colored light sources. As a result, the street facade and the whole house have an independent, artistic expression.
Max Out of Small Rooms
– We would take advantage of the limited space we had at their disposal, telling the owners to bonytt. no.
The planned construction process of the plant very carefully, which in turn led to an unusual short construction period.
For example, the steel skeleton carrying the building was raised in three weeks. Then the spiral staircase and the rest of the technical installations for water and ventilation were installed.
The fixed decor is also designed by the architects. It is downgraded in size to fit the limited floor space the building offers.
Open is trump card
– The big windows and openness on the floors were not just a necessity. It is the trump card itself in an architectural perspective, says the builders.
This is an infill project
– Such narrow, new houses sandwiched between two ancient are called infill projects in the architectural language. And the main challenge in such houses is to get enough daylight all the way into the home, says architect MNAL Guttormur Magnusson in Nano Arkitekter AS to bonytt.com
Glass at both ends
He states that this is usually done with a combination of tools. Among other things, large glass facades on both sides of the house, as well as the use of glass walls and ditto doors inside the house.
The midrights are the most demanding
– It is especially important to be aware that there are special rooms in the middle of the building that can be unlucky dark without direct impact of daylight, “said the expert..
He emphasizes that in countries such as Belgium and Holland there are centuries-old traditions and high expertise on such issues.
– Just think of all the very narrow houses along the canals of Amsterdam, concludes Guttormur Magnusson.
Free fantasy continues
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