A modernist home initially designed by Belgian architect Paul Neefs has undergone a restoration by structure studio ISM Architecten within the city of Beerse, Belgium.
Named BEEV, the house has been reconfigured and prolonged to boost its performance and effectivity whereas preserving its unique design from 1967.
ISM Architecten’s intervention sees the addition of a rooftop quantity clad in metallic sheeting, chosen to mirror the colors of the realm’s ever-changing climate.
“Making certain that the transformation and addition paid homage to the unique design’s strengths was an vital ingredient and led to a number of design selections,” defined studio founder Wim Van der Vurst.
“The addition was aligned with the unique constructing at any time when attainable, sustaining a discreet presence on the rear whereas permitting the unique design to take centre stage,” Van der Vurst continued.
The late architect Neefs is finest identified for his modernist homes, wherein he expressed his love for pure geometry equivalent to triangles, circles and squares in each type and format, ISM Architecten mentioned.
The unique plan of BEEV consisted of a single-storey sq., with two circle segments positioned at reverse corners. A central residing area runs diagonally between these two segments.
In the meantime, the bedrooms and kitchen have been positioned alongside the outer perimeter of the home however have been too cramped to satisfy in the present day’s requirements, in accordance with the studio.
ISM Architecten’s proposal makes two refined modifications to the format of the bottom flooring. The kitchen is enlarged and a bed room is moved to a brand new location, liberating up one of many home’s attribute curves to permit for a stair resulting in the rooftop extension above.
Contained in the extension, the studio aimed to ascertain a transparent demarcation between previous and new utilizing a different materials palette of birch veneer, perforated metallic and pastel hues.
“The extension contains a scenographic assortment of distinct spatial parts, every with its distinctive identification,” mentioned Van der Vurst.
“The inside is split into two zones. This practical dichotomy is accentuated by the supplies and hues used for the ending of partitions, flooring and ceiling.”
For instance, mint inexperienced is used to outline the wall separating the principal bed room and loo from a wood-panelled anteroom.
In the meantime, a “monolithic” built-in sink and tub unit within the rest room has a lemon yellow hue and is paired with a gray polyutherane flooring with a purple tinge.
Bettering BEEV’s thermal efficiency was one other precedence within the challenge, and the house was introduced as much as present requirements when it comes to insulation, air flow, vitality consumption and luxury.
“This challenge is an ode to the modernist heritage, but additionally a vigorous and demanding dialogue with the challenges of our time,” Van der Vurst informed Dezeen.
“It’s an invite to consider the best way we form our constructed atmosphere and the way we are able to contribute to a resilient and sustainable future,” he continued.
ISM Architecten is a Belgian studio based by Koen Pauwels and Van der Vurst in 2010. BEEV has been shortlisted in the home extension class of the Dezeen Awards.
Elsewhere in Belgium, Notan Workplace just lately accomplished a collection of houses positioned round a communal backyard on an previous industrial web site in Brussels and Britsom Philips added a timber-clad extension to a small rural residence in Flanders.
The images is by Luis Díaz Díaz.