A couple with three teenage children bought a foreman-house near the former harbor of Ghent. They immediately found themselves in the decor of the Queen Astrid Park on the back of the plot, and in the house itself which was characterized by a fairly wide facade and high ceilings. The lady of the house has a passion for greenery and plants. This fact was translated into the design and the greenery forms an inseparable part of the house.
▼项目概览，overall of the project © Mr Frank
▼业主夫妇与他们的三个孩子，the client couple with three teenage children © Mr Frank
In addition, the couple wanted to have contact with street life and neighbors. In order to realize this wish the ground floor was transformed into a bel étage. At the level of the new kitchen, the floor level was raised by more than half a meter, turning the former basement into a comfortable laundry room with daylight. The ‘elevated’ kitchen offers residents a direct view of the garden and the street, but without passers-by being able to take a curious look inside.
▼被抬升的厨房空间，the lifted kitchen © Mr Frank
▼厨房，kitchen © Atelier Vens Vanbelle
▼由餐厅看后院，viewing the back yard from the dining area © Atelier Vens Vanbelle
▼剖面模型，section model © Atelier Vens Vanbelle
The Queen Astrid Park at the back absolutely had to be part of the living experience. Residents have an unobstructed view of the greenery through the split southern rear facade. The double construction was necessary to limit the risk of overheating due to direct sunlight. It also immediately marks a covered access zone at the rear and a greenhouse. This in-between space also increases the feeling of intimacy and privacy in relation to the outside world and literally draws the green inside. Less impressive, but no less attractive, is the loft in the new rear building. The floor plate between the floors seems to be cut out round and has a border in the form of a paracord net. This ‘balustrade’ once again accentuates the organic openness of the whole.
▼后部客厅，back living room © Mr Frank
▼由客厅看后院，viewing the backyard from the living room © Mr Frank
▼弧线型的楼板与伞绳“栏杆”，arc-shaped floor with paracord “railings” © Mr Frank
▼温室阳光房，the greenhouse © Mr Frank
The family’s residential program also included a chill-out area for the children. It took the form of a multifunctional mezzanine. The children can fill it in as they wish and perform all kinds of activities in it. They sit separately, but the parents can hear what is happening from the living areas.
▼楼梯间，staircase © Mr Frank
▼儿童休闲区，chill-out area for the children © Atelier Vens Vanbelle
Internal contact is a common thread in this new residential concept, something that could be realized thanks to the available space, an enormous luxury for a terraced house. Everywhere you have an airy impression and there are internal connections. The void, which is full of plants, plays a leading role in this, but interior windows are also part of the open living concept. Everywhere you are struck by light and air and the void with all its light and greenery is omnipresent. It is crossed by an open wooden staircase and balconies create the atmosphere of Mediterranean alleys.
▼儿童卧室，children’s room © Mr Frank
▼室内开窗，interior openings © Mr Frank
▼浴室，bathroom © Mr Frank
In the end, this house was transformed into a unique place that is in contact with the outside world, while offering a cocoon of tranquility for the residents. Social and individual seem to flow into each other while both remain intact.
▼沿街立面，street facade © Mr Frank
▼总平面图，master plan © Atelier Vens Vanbelle
▼地下室平面图，basement floor plan © Atelier Vens Vanbelle
▼一层平面图，1f floor plan © Atelier Vens Vanbelle
▼二层平面图，2f floor plan © Atelier Vens Vanbelle
▼三层平面图，3f floor plan © Atelier Vens Vanbelle
▼四层平面图，4f floor plan © Atelier Vens Vanbelle
▼剖面图，sections © Atelier Vens Vanbelle