The house is situated in a typical residential area. The plots are characterized by large rear gardens and negligible side garden strips. The property can be described as a typical Belgian ‘fermette’, or farmhouse imitation from the Seventies. The client acquired the property 10 years ago. The brief was to transform the house to ensure spacious, bright and contemporary living. Unlike the total make-over the client had in mind, the architects chose to conserve the archetype of the farmlike house and add an extension that strived for a dissonance, a confrontation, aimed at sharpening both entities and achieve a symbiosis between old and new. Four volumes are placed against the existing volume as large canvases, to capture light and form a new rear. A fifth, separate volume contains the pool house.
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