This striking house was built on an extensive property in an agricultural landscape with a south-facing garden. The design was based on the profile of a classic house with pitched roof, except that it features differing roof inclines – with one steep roof and another with a less pronounced angle. With this asymmetrical contour as a starting point, the basic space of the building is extended longitudinally, emphasised by an oblique roof edge.
A second interior space mirrors the first one while being shorter overall. Both sections are positioned adjacently to each other with an offset that makes perfect use of the building’s orientation with respect to the site according to the motto of “form follows function”.
To effectively emphasise the roofline in accordance with the design, Plato Braised Blue roofing tiles were used. As there is a direct transition from the roof to the wall surface, a brick was needed that would perfectly harmonise with the roof material. The lead architects from Acke & Van Wynsberghe decided on Terca Marono facing bricks, which establish the desired continuity between the roof surface onto the wall and all the way to the ground. Beneath this dark, form-defining envelope, a contrasting light façade was created with Domus Duifwit facing bricks and broken up by large, full-height vertical window surfaces. The rustic appearance of the brick results from a limestone layer and creates a classic black/white contrast. The stringent colour scheme is reflected, for example, in the anthracite-coloured window frames and supports the objective of a careful balance between expressive and subdued materials.
Project nameSingle-family home, Kaprijke, Belgium
ArchitectArchitectenburo Acke & Van Wynsberghe
Façade brick: Terca Marono Braised + Terca Domus Duifwit
Roofing tile: Koramic Plato Braised Blue
Year of completion2018