A Simple House

A Simple House

Architect
FELT architecture& design
Location
Borgerhout, Antwerp, Belgium | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Private Houses
Stijn Bollaert
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
ManufacturersForbo Flooring Systems
WindowReynaers Aluminium
ManufacturersEquitone
ManufacturersAgrob Buchtal
ManufacturersROCKWOOL International A/S
Rhinoxx
ManufacturersSto AG
Stolit MP

Product Spec Sheet
Manufacturers
Manufacturers
Manufacturers
Stolit MP by Sto AG

A Simple House

FELT architecture& design as Architects

When asked to design a new townhouse as a ‘starters home’ by AG Vespa, we decided to literally think of the house as a starting point: A Simple House, as a first step to fulfil the principal demand in the most economic and rigid way. But together with the main house, anticipating on growth and rising budgets, we also designed a series of complementary add-ons.

photo_credit Stijn Bollaert
Stijn Bollaert

Rather than giving way to a series of Belgian-style ‘ad hoc’ extensions, we created a set of ‘toppings’: seemingly independent architectural objects providing different spatial qualities and accessory functionality. Dispensable yet essential, just like the chocolate sprinkles on your frozen yoghurt.

photo_credit Stijn Bollaert
Stijn Bollaert

The single family house is constructed using CLT (cross laminated timber) that is left visible to give the rooms their distinct interior quality. The rational ground plan is the same on every floor: a central staircase with two adjacent spaces. The result is a series of rooms able to ‘house’ whatever is needed in that particular phase of life.

photo_credit Stijn Bollaert
Stijn Bollaert

The front facade is characterised by a high plinth in blue tiling, giving the house an idiosyncratic appearance in the street that non the less pursues the horizontal articulations of its neighbours. This clear-cut image was then copied at the rear side. Making the best of this temporary state by creating two identical facades and thus emphasising symmetry in the plan and the apparent simplicity of the house.

photo_credit Stijn Bollaert
Stijn Bollaert
photo_credit Stijn Bollaert
Stijn Bollaert
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Material Used :
1. LTS Laminated Timber Solutions - CLT construction
2. VEKALUX - Reynaers Masterline 8 
3. VINK BV - Glass-fiber reinforced plastic grating stairs
4. ROCKWOOL - Rhinoxx
5. STO - Stolit MP
6. Agrob Buchtal - Plural series
7. FORBO - Solid Piano Frosty
8. Equitone - Natura

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