Machteld D’Hollander

Braem . Wachtebeke

Machteld D’Hollander . Braem . Wachtebeke Stijn Bollaert afasia (1)

Machteld D’Hollander . photos: © Stijn Bollaert

The transformation of a small, dark laborers house into a contemporary family house. The ramshackle annex is torn down but returns as a light wooden support structure which cantilevers to form two ‘bay windows’. The whole is wrapped by a wooden window assembly. The wooden structure determines the interior. De window wrap invites the light into the house as a contemporary version of the ‘Flemish veranda’, its articulation transforms the annex into a garden room. The charm of the original interior with triangular indentations reappears as a zigzagging wall of fermacell and multiplex. The use of raw materials gives a double meaning to the phrase ‘the worker has left the building’.

Braem _The worker has left the building