LocationDe Panne, Belgium
Architects in ChargeBenny Govaert, Damiaan Vanhoutte
Text description provided by the architects. The villa is situated not far from the Belgian Coast near the French border, in an area plenty of dunes and trees. The site itself embodies a big natural dune that ascends towards the main street. A secondary road descends on the left side of the terrain, up till the entrance of the house.
The site is entered on the left upper side of the dune, along a closed concrete façade. The level of the house is the same as the entry point. By consequence this implies that the rest of the house floats above the natural dune, towards the lower part of the terrain. All rooms are on the same level. By placing the entrance to the back of the terrain, allows the natural dune to embody the front garden.
The house is entered underneath a concrete canopy through the wooden front door. The front door & garage gate are perceived as one abstract wooden plane on the right side of the back façade. The remaining part of the back façade, made out of glass, allows maximum view and light for 2 bedrooms towards the back yard.
By the elevation towards the front, the living rooms, kitchen and master bedroom overlook the trees opposite to the main road. A hedge, made out of local natural vegetation allow privacy. To enjoy the scenery outside, a terrace, partly covered by a secondary canopy, is cutout within the glass volume. All rooms at the front are centered around the terrace. They are all interconnected.
Structurally the elevated volume is balanced on a cellar. This underground concrete mass serves as a counterweight, bearing the entire ground floor. This allows the front of the house to float above ground.