BA Residence

BA Residence

Architect
Vincent Van Duysen Architects
Location
Wilrijk, Antwerp, Belgium | View Map
Project Year
2014
Category
Private Houses
Koen Van Damme

BA Residence

Vincent Van Duysen Architects as Architects

Consideration of the highly residential character of the neighbour­hood and the beautiful protected trees on the site were key influences in how the client’s brief was met. The architectural concept was developed around these parameters, with traditional modernist references to Mies van der Rohe’s Krefeld Villa, or the brick residences in the same neighbourhood of local Antwerpen architect Nachman Kaplansky.

photo_credit Hélène Binet
Hélène Binet

The use of materials – red brick, dark-grey window frames, large glass surfaces and zinc eaves – makes reference to the cottage-villa typology; however, the consistent and rigorous application of these materials produces a new entity and atmosphere within the neighbourhood. This is a timeless design with a subdued manner that opposes the recently built neo-kitsch villas to be found nearby.

photo_credit Hélène Binet
Hélène Binet

The concept for the house is driven by the format of the brick, in its purest form, and its application across several stacked and offset geometries, which aims to draw the garden into the interior, giving the project a sculptural quality. The brick volumes define the functional relations of the individual spaces in the house and create a direct connection to the garden and the open, or closed, character of each zone.

photo_credit Hélène Binet
Hélène Binet

Above all it is a ‘garden house’ in the middle of a verdant residential plot. The position of the trees on the southwest side of the property defined the central siting of the main volume, and suited the open and interconnected lifestyle of the client and their desire for a spacious open living area with a direct connection to the surrounding greenery. The building envelope sits within the construction lines of the neighbouring buildings on either side. It maintains the shortest possible distance from the protected trees on the site in order to maintain a direct relationship with them. However, it is placed as far back as possible from the central swimming pond, which is flanked by a low brick volume. The front garden is southwest facing, while the rear garden faces north.

photo_credit Hélène Binet
Hélène Binet

The detail of the interior is in keeping with the architectural concept. The brick finish extends inside and is complemented by afrormosia and white-painted walls with black detailing. A counter of afrormosia and terrazzo forms the heart of the kitchen, and a large blackened-steel fireplace stands as a strong cubic volume in the central living space, while custom-made black oak tables provide a rich contrast within the space. Concrete and terrazzo have been used for bathroom finishes and workspaces. The concrete floors extend beyond glazing lines and exterior brick geometries, and integrate fully into the surrounding landscape, which was designed by Martin Wirtz.

photo_credit Hélène Binet
Hélène Binet

The loose furniture accords with the volumetric analyses but is secondary to the architecture and fixed furniture. Its informal character emphasizes the overall consistent design language.

Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Experimental Co-Housing Denver project by Productora provides a compelling model for centrally located, low-cost housing
17 May 2022 News
Experimental Co-Housing Denver project by Productora provides a compelling model for centrally located, low-cost housing

Only a few miles from the downtown area of Denver, this experimental co-housing project by Productor... More

Baumschlager Eberle Architecten create an architectural statement for a natural setting in Alpe Furx
17 May 2022 News
Baumschlager Eberle Architecten create an architectural statement for a natural setting in Alpe Furx

On a sloping site in the Austrian ski resort of Alpe Furx, this holiday and leisure development by B... More

Under the Willow Tree provides residents an ecologically-minded house in a beautiful green setting
14 May 2022 News
Under the Willow Tree provides residents an ecologically-minded house in a beautiful green setting

In the middle of the countryside at the highest point of the village of Ninove, Belgium, an existing... More

Park Associati’s Luxottica Digital Factory reinterprets an existing industrial building in Milan
14 May 2022 News
Park Associati’s Luxottica Digital Factory reinterprets an existing industrial building in Milan

In Milan, Park Associati’s Luxottica Digital Factory project reinterprets an existing industri... More

Luconi architetti mix modern elements with traditional Alpine architecture
14 May 2022 News
Luconi architetti mix modern elements with traditional Alpine architecture

Located in the Alpine region of Madesimo, Italy, Baita MV by Luconi architetti comprises an extensio... More

OMA inverts theater typology by plugging three cantilevered theaters into a central cube
13 May 2022 News
OMA inverts theater typology by plugging three cantilevered theaters into a central cube

Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten see the Taipei Performing Arts Center as close as they have ever be... More

Top 10 Trending Armchairs
13 May 2022 News
Top 10 Trending Armchairs

Architects and designers use armchairs to complete spaces visually and functionally. Popular armchai... More

Material and structural capacity of concrete defines the design of Casa de Alisa
12 May 2022 News
Material and structural capacity of concrete defines the design of Casa de Alisa

In Nonthaburi, Thailand, Casa de Alisa by Stu/D/O Architects is defined by the material and structur... More