Green is in. A green roof, a green façade etc., there is no shortage of creative ideas. House plants and plant motifs are back, combining urban flair with natural accents. The colour green radiates calm, it gives strength and energy. The outer shell of this town house´s extension also follows this trend. On the street side the building looks classical but in the rear garden an exciting contrast can be seen. A contemporary facade solution fits perfectly between the existing old dividing walls.
NEW REAR BUILDING
To create more space in the traditional structure an extension was needed. It houses a new kitchen and a dining room for the whole family. The Art Nouveau tiles inside the dining room also have a green tint. The choice of the same colour for the rear building was quickly made.
In the back yard, the rear façade was brought back to the line of the original building. This created the much-needed space to build another floor for the newly built extension. The existing windows were kept where possible to provide maximum daylight.
SPECIAL COLOUR AND VERTICAL MASONRY
Besides its fresh colour, the glazed bricks also add a touch of plasticity to the façade. Vertical masonry was used and some of the bricks where rotated 90° so that the continuous beds are vertical, a good option when designing expressive façades. The volume ties in beautifully with the climbing plants growing against the rear building over the dividing walls. It forms a fresh, green space within an urban environment.
Facts & Figures
Project nameTown house in Zurenborg, Belgium
ArchitectP8-Architecten, Hansi Ombregt, Schoten
Terca Green glazed
Year of completion2015