Located in a quiet, wooded area, House K by GRAUX & BAEYENS Architecten offers a family refuge equipped with high living standards. The owners’ brief requested a building that would provide enough light and views, but with no compromises in privacy. A light brown/beige brick was chosen for the exterior finish, contrasted elegantly by white and black aluminum.
According to the architects who developed House K (initially discovered by our site on Flodeau), “The requested program with limited living space was poured into a patio home with abundant light. By choosing this concept, the southern sun invades deep into the house. The living areas at the top are linked to a south facing terrace. The small terrace at the rear of the house composes the views to the wooded area”. The entrance, sleeping area, bathroom and storeroom are on the ground floor”. A lovely terrace delimited by white slats is located on the top level and ensures a vantage point over the neighboring area.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests