JUMA Architects is a Gent based architecture firm founded by Mathieu Luyens & Julie van De Keere in 2009 with a focus on creating well-crafted and custom made structures. Their aesthetics are modern and minimal with careful usage of light, space, emotion and the unique characteristics of each location. It is their mission to efficiently deliver a project from the first planning stages through to the fine detailing of materials and furniture design.
This house with adjacent office space is very special to JUMA, since it is the design of their own home.
The fact that the plot is located away from the street appeals to them because of the lush surrounding greenery that creates an entirely private area.
The long driveway leads to a cozy, welcoming inner court, bordered by three connected volumes.
These consist of a double garage with wood siding, the architects’ office with separate access and finally the private home of the owners. The 3 volumes vary in height and together create a very readable design.
The floor plan of the home is elongated, as JUMA has a soft spot for long-drawn-out and low forms. Even the children’s bedrooms are located on the ground floor.
Only the master bedroom with dressing room and bathroom is situated on the first floor, like a separate suite.
The orientation of the house is not ideal but JUMA saw this as a challenge rather than a disadvantage. The glazed portico between the kitchen and living space creates an in-between garden or patio of sorts.
In this way, the inhabitants get to enjoy more varied views of the garden that are not solely limited to the backyard.