Office with upstairs apartment in Oostduinkerke / BURO II & Alph’

Belgian practice BURO II sent us their latest project in collaboration with Alph’, in charge of the interiors and the furniture design.

The volume is at the head of a row of buildings, on the corner of the village square. Due to the location, its character is determined by the village square to a large extent. The designers took this into account by making the wall facing the village square completely transparent. This unique building consists of an apartment (+1), an office (0) and a partial cellar (-1). There is a separate entrance to the apartment.

The building is eye-catching without being ostentatious and is people-friendly and inviting, thanks to the scale.

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The entire volume is structured by an interplay of lines in , wood and aluminium window frames, which produces a feeling of rhythm and playfulness. The architecture has been enhanced by the selected materials. Architectonic visible is used for the weight-bearing structure, ceilings and outer tiles. Lightness is added by the use of glass for the display windows, windows and dividing walls for the toilet. Massive oak and woollen felt in the interior give the building the necessary warmth in addition to their acoustic function. The oak wood structure nestles throughout the construction, both horizontally (floors, laying pattern) and vertically (stairs, cupboards, doors, outer walls). Views and perspectives from inside to outside and vice versa are an intrinsic part of the architecture. Inside, the laminated display in oak forms a division between the working and public space.

Finally, solar panels on the roof provide green energy.

The strongly structured character with oak and architectonically visibly concrete which has the allure of natural stone, gives this building an air of restrained luxury. The village square and garden provide a change of mood.

Cite: "Office with upstairs apartment in Oostduinkerke / BURO II & Alph’" 26 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=26876>

10 comments

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    Beautiful. A simple elegant design focusing on the details instead of flashy nonsense! The folded concrete element is wonderful as is the warm wood interiors.

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    nice project and integrates quite well on that site… but really awful detail of structure around the stair, circular section next to the stair and I beams on the top level?! WTF why spoil it with such scrappy detail?

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    “The building is eye-catching without being ostentatious”

    I find this to be true. love it.

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    A small building that illustrates the architectural elegance: material, details, right proportion and a warm interior.

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    建筑位于一排建筑的排头,在村庄的广场的角落。建筑师使建筑的特点符合其地点,使建筑临广场的一面透明。建筑的功能包括第二层的公寓,第一层的办公室,一层地下室。公寓有一个单独的入口。

    建筑引人注目,但不炫耀,由于规模不大,显得友善而亲近。

    整个体量由一个折线混凝土墙构成,木材和铝窗框富于节奏感。建筑的材料是精心选择的,清水混凝土用作承重结构、屋顶和室外框架。透明的玻璃用作窗户,厕所采用窗和细划分墙。室内大量的橡木和粗纺产品使室内有温暖的感觉,并具有良好的声学性能。橡木的装修在混凝土壳里面,有水平向的(地板,铺设模式),和垂直向的(楼梯,橱柜,门窗,外墙),从外向内或从内向外看,它构成了一个内部的建筑。层叠的橡木材料区分了工作和公共空间。

    翻译: http://www.archgo.com

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    Nice concrete house, but obviously no thermal insulation. I don´t know if the belgian climate and building regulations let such details through in the XXI century, but this definitely does not work in Germany/Switzerland/Austria. In these parts of Middle-Europe you need complicated details including expensive Isokorb thermal-elements to achieve this naked exposed concrete look. The swiss experiment nowadays with insulating light concrete with ceramic granulates, which yet more expensive and you get construction walls with 50 cm width. This is the big controversy of building with concrete: you want a raw, honest, simple, monolithic look, but you need complicated and expensive solutions to achieve thermal insulation (guilt not for regions with warm climate though).

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      MZ, I was wondering the exact same thing. There are certainly many regulations concerning thermal insulation in Belgium. Up until about 2 years ago, they were less stringent (only K45 norm, I think, I’m no architect), so maybe this was constructed before that time.

      Otherwise, as always Buro II delivers another beautiful minimalistic building. I do wish I could let them design my next home, but they are probably a little out of my budget.

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