This house for an artist, designed by Belgian Samyn and Partners, includes the street level of an existing small house. It now houses the entry hall, a family room and a kitchen; the living-room and the stairway are in the extension to the building. The second floor includes the master bedroom with its bathroom, as well as five children’s rooms and sanitary installations. They are equipped with a mezzanine protected by textile netting that leads to the glass-wall facade.
The house presents curved and vegetalised facades that are very private and closed to the neighbours to the north, the east and the south. In contrast, the west facade is entirely glass-walled as if it were one huge partitioned window.
Immense trans-lucid white polyester curtains in widths of 1.6 m suspended from the top of the structure to the ground floor are planned to run along this great “window” to ensure shade in the summer months.
The architects had to design the structure, the insulation, and the water-tightness of the envelope and resolve the building physics issues in order to receive the necessary support, irrigation and fertilisation systems for the plants that are set into a felt support stapled to rigid PVC panels.
Architects | Samyn and Partners, Brussels, Belgium
Location | Brussels, Belgium
Technical info | Waterproof PVC membrane
Picture credits | Marie-Françoise Plissart, Vincent Everarts, Andres Fernandez Marcos