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Issue #23

RESIDENTIAL BLOCK WITH UNIQUE SHAPES

Roof & Façade

Housing eight luxury apartments in Westerlo, Belgium, the new-build residential block catches the eye with its brick façade and blend of sleek lines and rounded shapes. Belgian architect Frédéric Vander Laenen has extensive experience in developing housing projects with a strong sense of aesthetics. The residential complex near the centre of Westerlo is no exception, and that includes the choice of materials – a ceramic cladding was once again the first choice for this building.
Detail of the balcony
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RESIDENTIAL BLOCK WITH UNIQUE SHAPES

Roof & Façade

Housing eight luxury apartments in Westerlo, Belgium, the new-build residential block catches the eye with its brick façade and blend of sleek lines and rounded shapes. Belgian architect Frédéric Vander Laenen has extensive experience in developing housing projects with a strong sense of aesthetics. The residential complex near the centre of Westerlo is no exception, and that includes the choice of materials – a ceramic cladding was once again the first choice for this building.

Green surroundings near the city centre

The housing complex successfully combines contrasting elements. Located near the busy city centre, it also looks out onto a relaxing nature area. The flats on the first floor have access to a garden, while the top-floor flats have access to spacious terraces. The architecture combines both straight lines and rounded. The existing garden wall was kept and now preserves the character of the street.

Optical illusion

Thanks to the use of a thinner brick, the façade gives the illusion of glued masonry, but is in fact mortared. The brick ages in a unique way, without any discoloration of the joints. The use of different colours creates a lively and expressive look. At the same time, the residential block blends in perfectly with the surrounding built environment, where brick is traditionally used for many buildings.

Facts
  • Project name
    Residential block with unique shapes, Westerlo, Belgium
  • Architect
    Arch. Frédéric Vander Laenen
  • Used products

    Terca Iluzo Pagus rood bruin

  • Year of completion
    2017
Terca iluzo pagus rood bruin

Façade

Terca Iluzo Pagus rood bruin – Belgium