This single family house located in the suburb of Brussels, in Eppegem near Mechelen, was built nestled against an existing small typical Flemish house on a plot widening backward on a easy slope towards an agricultural countryside. The difference between the small program on the first floor and the larger parts on the ground floor was the beginning of the project, leading to a folding and wrapping play between the built volume and its skin, pushing the boundary of the classical roof-shaped house imposed by the urban rules. The internal organization respects a classic separation of spaces between the levels. The ground floor includes all the day-life rooms of the house around a core including the services spaces. On the first floor all the bedrooms and the bathroom are located. Under the roof, a multifunctional attic is added. The first floor has a “pièces en enfilade” typology resulting in an unified space enjoying also a big terrace. The poor quality of the ground and the desire to create a homogeneous volume led to the utilization of a light skin-materialization in combination with well insulated walls and the use of fibrocement slates in a specific pattern to focus on the length of the slates for the façade.
An effort in the detailing of the windows and the skin led to an interesting and even poetic confrontation of the project and its typical context.