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Swelling LV / LR Architects

  • Architects: LR Architects
  • Location: Seneffe, Belgium
  • Architects: LR Architects
  • Area: 170.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Laurent Brandajs

© Laurent Brandajs © Laurent Brandajs © Laurent Brandajs © Laurent Brandajs

From the architect. The client wanted to build a house for four people. The willingness to use eco friendly insulation materials quickly led us to choose a wooden structure. Beyond any environmental considerations, a light construction was necessary because of a very humid soil. The wooden framework thus proved appropriate on both grounds.

© Laurent Brandajs
© Laurent Brandajs

On the outside, the Trespa panels give the façade a unique appearance. The idea was to create a black box and mark the façade as well as remaining in a timber-framed logic, hence using light materials. Both a construction area reduced to an 11 meters square and the south orientation of the front façade led us to choose the construction of a cube scooped up in some places to create terraces. Inside, everything is built around a large central space which serves all other rooms. The importance of this central room is emphasized by a greater ceiling height.

© Laurent Brandajs
© Laurent Brandajs

The house is equipped with a geothermal heat pump - the perfect choice considering the very humid condition of the ground - and a double-flow mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery. The ground floor is ground-heated. There is no heating in the bedrooms, insulation and ventilation retaining and redistributing the heat in each room. In this project compact building proves less expensive.

© Laurent Brandajs
© Laurent Brandajs
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