Architect: Bovenbouw Architectuur
Design team: Dirk Somers, Merijn Muller and Christopher Paesbrugghe
Year: 2009 – 2012
Client: Bruun Geysen en Nadia Spoelders
Photography: Karin Borghouts & Michiel De Cleene
The extension of a typical semi-open terraced house in Mortsel does not take the form of a stereotypical addition, but that of a fully-fledged second home. With its series of rooms, fireplace, and staircase, the new two-story house reflects the property in front. It is also executed in brick and boasts a similarly profiled tiled roof. The facade of this ‘secret annex’ faces the garden.
Where the back and front of the house join, the sidewall of the extension folds inwards. This interrupts the long alleyway and creates a small outdoor space. We used the masonry sidewall to reveal the cross-section of the new house and allowed it to play a decisive role within the interior, where the same brickwork is continued.
White paintwork has a unifying effect. The wall thus becomes an abstract collage of textures.