For the design of this new house in Sint-Martens, Belgium, JUMA was specifically asked to develop a compact yet highly liveable plan. This resulted in a rather cube-like volume, animated by a vivid play of contrasting materials.
Since the house is located away from the street, JUMA opted to create a visual connection between the front yard and backyard. This is achieved by means of a robust concrete wall that runs from the front side of the lot in the form of a garden wall.
The wall continues through the inside of the house – along the desk corner and the living space – to finally end in the back area, parallel to the pool. Lining this very distinctive wall are large glass sections that emphasize the architectural image, creating transparency and the all-important open lines of sight.
A garage with pantry, an entrance hall with staircase and elevator (life-long living) are located in the private area while the seating area, dining room and family kitchen overlook the garden.
Simple, quality materials are used throughout the project and the furnishings are chosen to compliment these.
There is a spacious covered terrace with a canopy that accentuates the architecture of the house.
The house has a full basement, with ample room for storage and a utility room. In addition, there is a wine salon and a relaxation area with sauna. Natural light is let into these underground spaces via a patio.
The building program makes full use of the delineated construction zone with its quadratic form.
The first floor has a classic layout with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with a dressing room.
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.