A corner plot at a hectic crossing near a main road seems anything but an attractive site for a young family’s first home. However, thanks to an affordable purchase price and simple, creative solutions, STUDIOLO architectuur and Koen Matthys have created an undeniably intimate and comfortable home in this busy environment. From the beginning of the design phase, the conservatory was a crucial element in solving the plot’s many problems and adding value to the house.
An extension as solution
The standard construction of the building was modified on the side where it adjoins a public square by separating the outer wall from the inner wall, creating an acoustic buffer between the home and the outside world. Thanks to its orientation, this open area serves as both a thermal buffer and a sun room in the colder seasons. The outer wall also forms a visual screen, limiting the view in from the street but, thanks to strategically placed large windows, maintaining outward views. Internally, “indoor terraces” connect the living areas to the extension at several levels. A brickwork wall embraces the residential volume and the conservatory. The facing bricks support the massive aspect of the large façade, whilst also enlivening it with colour variation in shades of grey and brown.
Good indoor climate
The building uses a ventilation system which draws fresh air in from the conservatory. Consequently, no cold air is pulled in directly from the outside, and the fresh air requires much less heating to reach room temperature. With this special ventilation system, and thanks to the orientation of the house, which benefits from natural light, the architects created an ideal solution for this difficult building plot.
Project nameCorner house, Ledeberg, Belgium
ArchitectSTUDIOLO architectuur and Koen Matthys
Terca Milosa Hoornbloem
Year of completion2015