‘House BRAS’ is located on a lush green site abutting a lake in the middle of an old allotment in the suburbs of Antwerp.
The house is designed to blend into its surrounding natural landscape. The meandering plan allows daylight to penetrate during all seasons and at any time of the day while achieving unobstructed views of the garden.
The ground floor consists of three main zones –the living area with an open kitchen, an exercise zone with swimming pool and sauna, and a resting wing with bedrooms and music room offering panoramic views over the water.
On the first floor is the master suite with views of the tree crowns and a library overlooking the pond through the double height music room.
These zones are physically and visually connected with glazed passages along four closed blocks covered withdark larch veneer.
The boxes are the supporting structure for the roof that covers the open floor plan and include various more shielded spaces such as the entrances, vertical circulations, pantry, storages and bedrooms.
Technical spaces and a car park are located underground and are accessible through a ramp that disappears into a pond. Trusses are integrated in the roof slopes, making it possible to realize large column-free cut-outs in the natural stone envelope.
These openings are finished with aluminium joinery. To emphasize the monolithic character of the house, the 5th façade is also clad with Muschelkalk natural stone slabs.
The slabs in 3 different sizes are placed in a directionless Roman pattern so that the roofs and facades fuse together enabling the house to blend into the landscape like a stone in a forest.
Project Name: House BRAS
Architecture Firm: DDM
Photo credits: Lenzer
Design Team: Dirk De Meyer, Haodong Hu, Laurent Temmerman, Angelo Vandecasteele, Annelies De Keersmacker