Canopy House / MDMA

© Filip Dujardin

This eye-catching house in the picturesque Pajottenland landscape was designed by . Although its form stands in contrast to the surrounding area, the exterior walls and roof reflect the traditional colors of earthernware with gray-brown wooden shingles and polycarbonate sheet with dark orange insulation behind. The result is a house that both fits and stands out from its setting.

Architect: Martine de Maeseneer Architects (MDMA)
Location: Pajottenland,
Project Area: 600 sqm
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin

The sloping roofs and facades make the house appears like a piece of moveable furniture that is detached from the agricultural land it stands on. Inside, the house is divided in two through the use of long sloping ramps. A staircase provides a shortcut between the living quarters to the entrance, but there are no shortcuts to the private spaces. This keeps the maximum distance between the private and communal spaces.

© Filip Dujardin

The house with its grand glass exterior walls gives a generous feeling of openness. The spacious interior design met the client’s need to entertain many guests. The house includes a high-ceilinged library, two archive rooms, music room, and a wine cellar.

© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
Cite: "Canopy House / MDMA" 10 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • up_today_arch

    very unusual house… actually I like the form of the buildinng and not sure about internal look…

  • E-tard

    Great name for an architecture office.

  • Poulin Giroux Alexandre

    Its an original form. But i dont like the back.

  • tDA

    Why the colossal waste of space and money eaten up to build that institutional looking ramp? How annoying would that be to walk up and down a dozen times a day?

  • Ryan Knock

    the exterior form is gorgeuous … but all i see on the inside is ramp … very strange, cold and wasteful …. seems like a public library (on a completely unrelated tangent)

  • Adrem

    Interesting concept, but the way-too-large scale messes the whole thing up: if I read correctly the plans, the footprint of this house almost reaches 400 square meters…