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Franken House / Bekhor Architecte

  • 01:00 - 18 March, 2010
Franken House / Bekhor Architecte
Franken House / Bekhor Architecte, © Laurent Brandajs
© Laurent Brandajs

© Laurent Brandajs © Laurent Brandajs © Laurent Brandajs © Laurent Brandajs +28

From the architect. The project take place in an atypical urban environment for a town like Brussels where row or town houses in a well aligned facades are rather the standard. On the left side, the Léon Cuissez street has different scales of buildings and some unusual alignements. From multiple storey apartment buildings to small houses lost on the background as a witness of old discontinued urban outlines.

© Laurent Brandajs
© Laurent Brandajs

Formerly, the place was a carpentry workshop that became neglected during the last 20 years. At the very beginning, this wall was just a protection between the private property and the public space, a fence wall. It was just 2m high with no other utility than to separate. The existing volume was constructed around 1930 by raising the main elevation over the existing fence wall and completing the volume enclosure behind it.

© Laurent Brandajs
© Laurent Brandajs

The project guideline was first to play around this blank wall and to keep it as it is. To erect such a wall in an urban space is something difficult to vindicate. In this case the wall is used as a binder from the left, with the one level houses on the back, to the right, with the higher apartment building.

© Laurent Brandajs
© Laurent Brandajs

There were no certainty about the foundation of such a wall.It was decided to create a new steel structure inside the volume that would be at distance of these existing walls. Any other intervention would be based on this principle of "distance".

© Laurent Brandajs
© Laurent Brandajs

The facade of new part with the suspended cube on the right, is a result of the structure's extension. The structural grid in steel is filled by a wooden frame. The facade is expressed backwards the existing blank wall.

© Laurent Brandajs
© Laurent Brandajs

In order to emphasize the attitude towards this brick wall, a stair is backed on it and animated by an overhead light, offering different atmospheres during the day.

The second guideline was to relink this unordered urban space. The new "skyline" of the project is made of different in a row of "step volumetry".

© Laurent Brandajs
© Laurent Brandajs

Levels are open spaces, but each have connection with closed rooms in order to make privacy possible.

Material treatments are chosen to break the frontier between the inside and the outside. These materials like steel, zinc, wood or coating are used in both situation in a fluid continuity.

© Laurent Brandajs
© Laurent Brandajs
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elena · December 06, 2011

Franken House

Natalia Chekhovska · May 26, 2010

formerly a carpentry workshop, now an amazing home..

Ovi · March 31, 2010

Tell me ... the stairs ... how thick are they? (a step)

mohamad · March 19, 2010

Outstanding Stair Box ..... I llllove it .

Daniel Barbosa · March 19, 2010

RT @nicholaspatten: I&#39d Live Here: Franken House.

Little White Lights · March 19, 2010
rypat · March 19, 2010

love how the light washes down that huge wall along the stair. great mix of modern elements with a restrained respect for the existing structure. more projects like this!

Jaenne S · March 19, 2010

RT @archdaily: Franken House / Bekhor Architecte

Jason Layman · March 19, 2010

@archdaily Franken House / Bekhor Architechte Great feed, guys. Always interesting.

Graham Cowen · March 19, 2010

Amazing modern pad. Very stylish! RT @HomeDecorNews Franken House / Bekhor Architecte

Helena Degreas · March 18, 2010

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Home Decor News · March 18, 2010

Franken House / Bekhor Architecte

Yorik · March 18, 2010

Very cool project! Congrats, Manu!

ygogolak · March 18, 2010


christopher · March 18, 2010 09:47 PM

love those stairs!


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