Carton123 . photos: © Olmo Peeters
Sharing the view, sharing the plot.
TWO SEMI-DETACHED HOUSES ON A STEEP SLOPE
The starting point: a small farmhouse in decay on the outskirts of Leefdaal, twenty minutes from Brussels. A long facade immediately adjacent to the street. The sloping garden has an enormous height diﬀerence and at the top, a beautiful panorama begs for attention.
The client initially bought the plot for a detached family home. But it soon became a matter of principle: rare building sites within walking distance of the village centre are not to be spilt. Two semi-detached houses were built instead : densiﬁcation on a rural scale.
WORKING IN SECTION
We gave the houses a push back, into the slope, and bridged the height diﬀerence (more than 6 meters) with split levels, so all ﬂoors remain closely connected. The classical layout was reversed. On the ground ﬂoor : the entrance and a multipurpose room that can be used as a garage, workshop or playroom (glazed doors!). Bedrooms are situated on the ﬂoor above, with the bathrooms in the back, still underground. The living rooms are on the top ﬂoor, under the incredibly spacious volume of the pitched roof, and with a spectacular view of the surrounding ﬁelds.
architect : Carton123
IG account : @carton123_architecten
projecttag# : #123nollekens
project location : Leefdaal Belgium completed : 2020
built surface : 535 m2
budget : € 675.000
client : private
design-team (carton123): Joost Raes, Els Van Meerbeek project architect : Joost Raes
structural engineer : bureau Ranst
main contractor : Magnus villas
garden : LAB-V
photo credits: Olmo Peeters