House Van de Vecken / Artau Architecture

  • 13 Sep 2012
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Architects: Artau Architecture
Location: Stavelot,
Project Year: 2008
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Project Area: 200 sqm
Budget: € 375,000

This house, open to nature and sun, offers an unusual volumetry; It meets on one hand a planning constrain by being parallel to the road and on the other hand also displays multiple asymmetric openings on its southern side. The house sets on a steep land and enjoys a magnificent view across the forested area.

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Internal spaces are open but still provide distinct relaxation spaces and play areas, assuring therefore a pleasant family life. The game of transparency between the different spaces encourages exchanges and communication.

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This house is also “passive”. The 46cm insulation in the roof, 50cm for the façade and 40cm for the ground enable a very low energy consumption for the heating. Sanitary water is controlled by solar thermal panels and the installation of photovoltaic panels will allow to almost reach the “zero energy consumption”.

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Well in its time, this dwelling is also contemporary by its use of innovative and sustainable materials:

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  • Wooden structure using self-supporting wall
  • Balanced ventilation system with 90% energy recovering, combined with an air/water heat pump
  • Triple glazed unit for the window frame with thermal break k=0.8
  • Wooden vertical cladding made of fir wood.
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