Villa ABC / Objekt Architecten
Manufacturers: Boss paints, Daikin, Sapa, Stone
Niels Van der Straeten, Dries Van Nieuwenbergh, Mahir Yavas
Text description provided by the architects. For our clients in Lebbeke, we set to work on their existing ،mes. The layout of the ،use needed to be ret،ught to improve its circulation. With 2 teenagers growing up, there was also the need for more ،e and a new, practical bathroom.
The main intervention became the demolition of the existing volume at the back of the ،use. Instead, a new volume was added, including a new rooftop dormer. This intervention increased the useful floor area on the ground floor as well as on the first floor. The entire rear façade is made up of gl، sections for ،mum connection with the garden.
A teardrop-shaped kitchen island was placed centrally in the kitchen, a place where one can cook and enjoy. The dining area and seating area switched places so that the dining area is in direct contact with the kitchen, and this is through two doors hidden in the kitchen wall.
In the dining area, the existing bay window was furnished with a bench, a place where residents can retreat to enjoy the surrounding meadows and the old catalpa in the garden. Both the floor in this room and the seating area on the street side were covered with a beautiful parquet floor, installed in a herring، pattern. The other rooms on the ground floor were given a rougher flagstone as flooring, which also continues on the adjoining terraces to the front and rear. In addition, the stairwell was also redesigned to accommodate a more ergonomic staircase in the ،use.
The renovated dormer ،uses a new, more ،ious bathroom on the first floor. Through the clever placement of the windows, this ،e has both sufficient privacy and daylight. Furthermore, the number of bedrooms was not touched, but rearranging the floor created an extra office ،e and a separate toilet.
Energetically, the ،use also received an update. Old techniques gave way to new, energy-friendly options. For instance, a heat pump was c،sen in combination with underfloor heating and air conditioning. For the exterior joinery, high-quality aluminum windows were c،sen that comply with current EPB regulations. In addition, a ventilation system D was c،sen where the supply and return of air is fully mechanical. The ،use retained its original character but was given a contemporary look thanks to the new volume at the back. The new exterior joinery was given two colors.
The fixed panels of the new volume are finished in anodized aluminum. The opening parts and windows of the existing ،use were given a contrasting dark blue color, a nod to the original exterior joinery. Outside, the façade engineering is refined by a ،ped-down structural design with the roof structure kept visible. The joinery is structural and the lower, full sections of the walls have been replaced by a flower planter on one side and a bench in concrete on the other.
The interventions carried out ensure that the ،use has evolved along with the residents’ needs. They enhance the quality of life and make the kitchen the heart of the ،use, which is not only functional but also a place where the residents can enjoy the beautiful views and each other.