In Mechelen, near Antwerp, Belgium, Areal Architecten has created a site sensitive three storey town house with a brick facade that blends old and new.
“By a set of subtle surfaces, the front facade is struggling to blend into the template of the street.” says Areal Architecten. “It balances between integrating and standing out.”
Inside, a continuous open space made of large and generous rooms, are connected to each other by unexpected views that create a compressed urban-like space. “A ‘canyon’ of light allows to create a dinstinction between the living spaces and the bedrooms while extending itself to the ground floor through a void which receives the staircase.”
“The traditional spaces of a house are put together here into a single organic space with raw finishing such as a concrete grid on the ceiling and the prominent interior brick wall. A difference of level on the ground floor creates a smooth transition between the street and the back of the house which is ended with a longitudinal garden.”
“Through precise openings and a terrace in extension of the living room, the boundaries between inside and outside in this townhouse are fading.”