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AMBROISE

AMBROISE

AMBROISE

Co living Ambroise

Description: Transformation and renovation of an appartement building into a Co living house.
Type of project: Housing – Co living
Type of customer: Private
Department: Trnasformation and renovation
Location: Uccle, Brussels (BE)
Surface area:  m²
Year: 2020-2022
Pictures:  Delphine Mathy
Siteweb: maisonambroise.be

The AMBROISE project starts with a meeting between two buildings within the same plot: a Brussels house, with a very elaborate facade on the street frontage, and a warehouse with an industrial character inside the block.

Driven by a project that could keep this link, the owners engaged in a programmatic and spatial reflection aiming at creating links between the occupants, and allowing to increase their quality of life in the city.

By re-imagining and transforming the spaces of the front house within its existing boundaries, it was possible to create a 6-bedroom co-living space. The community has an important place in the project but the process starts with the quality of the private space, for which nothing has been neglected. Therefore, special attention is given to acoustics, materials and design. All the rooms have a generous surface, are accompanied by a shower room, a private toilet, an office corner and vintage furniture.

The top floor under the roof is a common space connected to a large terrace.

The choice of clay plaster for the interior walls, from BC Materials, offers a warm and sustainable character, providing an intimate and natural cocoon in the mineral context of the city.

The project echoes an eco-responsible approach.

COMBATTANTS

COMBATTANTS

COMBATTANTS

Transformation of family house

Description: Transformation and renovation of a family house
Type of project: Housing
Type of customer: Private
Department: Transformation and renovation
Location: Berchem Sint Agathe, Brussels (BE)
Surface area: 200 m²
Year: 2016-2017

This is a single-family, built on a rectangular parcel of land on a street with heterogeneous architecture.

The project consists in recreating a single-family house, transforming and extending the living spaces, bringing in more light, and taking advantage of views on the garden side. A particularity of the site and of the house is that the cellars have high ceilings and open directly onto the garden. Part of the cellars were therefore used for the kitchen and dining room.

For the whole of the living room, the desire is to enlarge the living space.

A black corrugated sheet metal cladding responds to the cladding of a warehouse located at the bottom of the plot.

The front facade has not been modified in order to preserve the identity of the place.

PONT

PONT

PONT

A semi-detached house extended by a neighboring house to form a single project.

Description: Single Family House
Type of project: Housing
Type of customer: Private
Location: Rebecq
Surface: 200 m²
Year: 2018-2019

Located in Rebecq, the Rue du Pont is lined with modest red brick houses creating a homogeneous whole here and there visually interrupted by shop windows or more elaborate facades. Part of a group of 3 buildings arranged in a mirror image, the semi-detached houses have a sober front façade. As one of the houses was cramped, the owners made the judicious choice of acquiring the neighboring house and unifying them. By grouping the first floors, the living space takes on generous proportions and allows the annexes to be attached to the body of the main building, which allows more freedom on the rear façade to open generous bays towards the garden. The demolition of the party wall between the gardens of the two houses gives way to a terrace in dialogue with the kitchen. In an effort to be resilient, the structural interventions are left exposed and show the former division of the rooms. These lines punctuate the perspectives, and participate in the development of the free plan. The deliberately contemporary composition proposes a clerestory installation of the brick cladding, a mesh in which is inserted the entrance door of the apartment and allows the intimacy of the living room. The intervention allows to give a new life to the modest terraced houses by relying on and integrating its own characteristics but especially to create two large dwellings adapted to the current needs of the inhabitants without changing the volumes.

ARBALETE

ARBALETE

ARBALETE

A single house 

Description: Renovation of a single house
Type of project: House
Type of customer: Private
Department: Renovation
Location: Watermael-Boitsfort, Brussels (BE)
Surface area: 388 m²
Year: 2016-2018

Planted with majestic trees, the decor of the Square de l’Arbalète highlights an interesting collection of bourgeois villas from the interwar period. To support the description in the leaflet ‘Watermael-Boitsfort à la carte’, note: the villa Mamet at no. 3, which displays a pure modernism and has recently been renovated. The number 40-42 on the Avenue de l’Arbalète a few steps away also stands out for its illustrious architect (Brunfaut) and its sober volumes and finishes. Finally, note the proximity of the Rombauts houses on avenue de la tenderie 13 to complete this quality environment. Recently a number of contemporary projects have also taken place there.
The house, built in the 1950s, was of rather light architectural interest, mixing different styles typical of the neo-classical villas of that period.
The issues at stake are based on three distinct axes :
– to produce an architecture in line with the needs of a large family, including 5 bedrooms and an office space.
– to meet the building’s energy performance standards
– respect and dialogue with the architectural and environmental context.

 

ACACIA

ACACIA

ACACIA

Renovation of a villa

Description: Extension and renovation of a villa
Type of project: House
Type of customer: Private
Department: Transformation and construction
Location: Hoeilaart, Brussels (BE)
Surface area: 209 m²
Year: 2012-2014

The building is located in the Groenendael district near the Station on the edge of the Sonian Forest in a beautiful natural setting. The detached house overhanging the street is overlooking a wooded green area that cannot be built. It is bordered in the back by a large garden surrounded by hundred-yearold trees. The peculiarity of this building lies in its roof with two very steep slopes (60°) which dominate the facades. Given its exceptional natural context, the idea was to link the building with its surroundings. The house was completely covered with anthrazinc (dark grey zinc) to create a high performance thermal envelope and to unify the facade and the roof. Two extensions, like frames, were built in order to connect with the surrounding landscape. These extensions to the outside have increased significantly the space on the 1 st floor and converted the space under the roof in a beautiful viewpoint.