011 House BDR Bruges
Surface 360 m2
Date 2004 – 2008
The house is a stepped succession of spaces or volumes that extend diagonally across the permitted building zone – and create a spacious front garden on the street side and also on the south side.
The house does not have separate façades, but rather a development of short façade sections. They are made of brick and have simple windows. On the garden side, the windows are closer together. On the first floor, there is room for a terrace between two volumes, somewhat hidden and near the master bedroom.
The shapes used are simple and limited, which makes the house modern. The house is also classical in a number of respects: in the height of the ceilings, in the fact that the windows in the living rooms do not reach the ground, in the shape of some of the windows, in the fact that the garage is at the back, and so on.
The relationship between inside and outside is ‘restrained’, inside and outside are separated from each other, there is no desire to let them merge into each other.
Inside, there is alternating contact with one side of the house and the other. There are views through the windows from inside to outside. From the living room to the kitchen, this can be done twice.
The windows that do not need sun protection have been simplified to sheets of glass that are located in the façade surface. The window above the entrance is an exception to this; here, the glass plate provides a reflection of the monumental trees.
The height of the parapets of these windows in the living rooms allows people to sit on them.
The other windows are made of naturally ageing wood and are flush with the inside of the walls. In the recess, the sunshade is located. In the living room, the wooden window is a large wooden frame and looks like a hung painting.
Above the entrance there is the study. It is accessible via a staircase in the corner of the living room. In a similar way, on the opposite side of the house, the bedrooms are connected to the kitchen. These two staircases mirror each other, as it were, and allow for a looping circulation through the house (via the terrace).