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ALTWS 0619 / Steinmetz De Meyer

  • 01:00 - 20 March, 2012
ALTWS 0619 / Steinmetz De Meyer
ALTWS 0619 / Steinmetz De Meyer, © Catherine Thiry
© Catherine Thiry

© Catherine Thiry © Catherine Thiry © Catherine Thiry © Catherine Thiry +33

From the architect. Preserve the existing façade was the first priority of this project not only because of the promise made to the former owners but also because the new landlords cared not to sweep the past away. In addition, this facade stood conveniently at a short but certainly benefit distance from the road. However, this particular configuration had certain requirements. In parallel, knowledge and passion of the contractor for Japanese architecture and traditions fed the reflections on the project.

© Catherine Thiry
© Catherine Thiry

First, it was necessary to develop the project in height to go and reach the views and light. Then, from the first floor, dislodged and articulated volumes create outdoor spaces adjusted to the different functions of the house. The outdoor areas are all additional parts that enhance the experience of the home. Thus a patio has its place behind the old facade, a covered terrace under the volume of the master bedroom adjoins the living rooms, and the roof turns into a terrace.

© Catherine Thiry
© Catherine Thiry

Every available surface of the ground floor is used. It includes the lobby, an office and a utility room benefiting from natural light through the windows of the existing façade. As for the cellar and boiler room, they find their place in the bottom plot in the dark at the foot of the rock. Two bedrooms and a bathroom fill the first floor. Each of these rooms enjoys a direct access to the patio at the same level.

first floor plan
first floor plan

At the second floor, the ensemble living / dining-room / kitchen dissociates itself from the existing façade as a glass volume overhanging to the south. A covered terrace near the rock is accessible from the kitchen. The master bedroom with dressing and bathroom peaks at the 3rd floor of the house. It enjoys the south-facing and views of the forest and a roof terrace with its privileged southern exposure, height and setback from the neighborhood and the street.

second floor plan
second floor plan

The exterior and interior spaces meet in the same scale ratio. The original façade, the rock and the two party walls are therefore no longer obstacles but the guardians of the universe within the project.

© Catherine Thiry
© Catherine Thiry
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Nicholas Patten · March 22, 2012

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darcy · March 21, 2012

i really like this.
where is the plan for top floor?

José da Costa · March 23, 2012 01:20 PM

Hi Darcy, you are right, the plan is missing. If you want I can send it to you, if you provide me with your email address. I'm the owner of the house ;-)

José

NoScaleGr · March 21, 2012

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Jasem Nadoum · March 21, 2012

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steffes françois · March 21, 2012

the location is wrong: it's Altwies in LUXEMBURG!

José da Costa · March 23, 2012 01:20 PM

Correct, it's in Altwies, Luxembourg. It's been corrected now above.

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Ed · March 21, 2012

it is disappointing, with such an interesting pre-existing facade/base to work with-the concept of a glassy thing above, or projecting over it could have been something so much more delicate and elegant.

Carmela Soprano · March 21, 2012

gross

José da Costa · March 23, 2012 01:19 PM

Dear Carmela, a single word is a little bit too easy. Would you mind expanding on your feeling(s)? I'm the owner of the house and would love to hear a little bit more about your reaction.
Thanks,
José

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