Back to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES

Back to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES
Back to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES - Exterior Photography, Windows
© Utku PEKLI

Back to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES - Exterior Photography, GardenBack to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES - Exterior Photography, Facade, GardenBack to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES - Interior Photography, Living Room, Table, Chair, WindowsBack to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES - Interior Photography, Table, Sofa, CountertopBack to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES - More Images+ 22

Genappe, Belgium
  • Architects: OPEN ARCHITECTES
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  175
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2018
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Utku PEKLI
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  EQUITONE, Animo, Anyway Doors, Sapa, Snaidero
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Back to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES - Exterior Photography, Fence, Windows, Facade
© Utku PEKLI

Text description provided by the architects. After having lived at the rhythm of the capital, this young couple set their sights on a quiet neighbourhood with trees in the heart of the Belgian countryside. A narrow, quiet street, a long, gently sloping plot of land, tall trees as a backdrop, the Daguets house simply follows the relief and opens up to the nearby grove... for an optimal connection with the garden and the surrounding nature...

Back to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES - Exterior Photography, Garden
© Utku PEKLI
Back to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES - Exterior Photography, Facade, Garden
© Utku PEKLI

The aim of this project is to achieve an acceptable environmental balance, both in terms of the construction and its operation. This aspect was considered from the very beginning. A prefabricated wood structure was blown with cellulose (240mm), the addition of wood fibre panels (22mm), triple glazed windows and a green roof ensure an energy-efficient envelope for the building. For the façade cladding, local wood cladding (heat-treated fir) was chosen for the side façades and fibre cement panels for the front facade. The thermal efficiency of the envelope means that no heating system is needed, only a pellet stove to brighten up the winter evenings. To avoid overheating on hot summer days, the large trees and an overhanging roof guarantee sufficient shade to counteract the sun's rays.

Back to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES - Interior Photography, Living Room, Table, Chair, Windows
© Utku PEKLI
Back to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES - Interior Photography, Living Room, Sofa, Table
© Utku PEKLI

The spaces have been organised in such a way as to guarantee permanent contact with the garden. As the plot is relatively small, it was difficult to orient all the rooms towards the garden. The office and the guest room were installed at the front of the house, in relation to the street, while the living room with its very high ceiling at the back has a view of the garden. To achieve this objective, the bedroom is placed in a glass box on the mezzanine to take advantage of the perspective towards the green space and the morning rays, while being somewhat isolated.

Back to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES - Interior Photography, Shelving, Chair, Windows
© Utku PEKLI

The landscaping was designed by the landscape architect Vincent Gillier and was studied at the same time as the architecture. This allowed both to orientate their study, one enriching the other and vice versa... A team work which corresponds well to the methodology set up by the workshop... 

Back to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES - Exterior Photography, Windows, Forest, Garden
© Utku PEKLI

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Cite: "Back to Basics House / OPEN ARCHITECTES" 20 Dec 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/973865/back-to-basics-house-open-architectes> ISSN 0719-8884

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