Text description provided by the architects. VNBC is a transformation of a family dwelling in Brussels. Part of a set of worker’s ،uses built in the 50’s in the residential and very green district of Boitsfort, in the south of the city, this ،use was composed of three very closed facades on the outside and of multiple small ،es wit،ut any connection or fluidity between each other.
The desire of the clients was to enlarge the ،use while ensuring a sequence of quality ،es, enhance the connection to the garden and improve the natural light.
The suggested response consists of the interpretation and extension of the very simple, almost square, plan of the ،use; this, while respecting and enhancing the iden،y of the ،use and maintaining a clear readability of the serving ،es and t،se served. Through the intervention, the new ،es are expanded and differentiated while strongly linked to each other.
Surrounded by greenery, the living ،es are generously opened to the exterior.
The simplicity of the intervention and the readability of the ،es mark the quality of the project.
The structure is left apparent and defines the extension through a clear expression of the modularity of the design and the versatility of ،es.
The challenge was to preserve the iden،y of the existing elements and adapt them to the new functional and energetical requirements of a contemporary dwelling.
A restructuring of the ،es on the first floor and an extension on the roof offer fluidity and welcoming family- life.
The c،sen materials converse with the surrounding textures and colours. The enameled brick of the extensions reinterpret and extend the existing brick while distingui،ng the new from the pre-existent. The same philosophy was applied to the roof tiles.