I.s.m.architecten breaks with adjacent Flemish village row houses by opting for a pentagonal shape

I.s.m.architecten breaks with adjacent Flemish village row houses by opting for a pentagonal shape

22 Oct 2021 News

In a Belgian village, close to Antwerp, i.s.m.architecten intentionally broke with the adjacent row houses by opting for a pentagonal shape with its sharp edge to the street. This reduced the point of contact with the street to a bare minimum. 

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The angular shape gives the side wedges of the volume a distinct character. A concrete wall encloses an introverted patio next to the front entrance. One side opens to the patio and the other opens towards the surrounding landscape.

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The pentagonal floor plan is shaped like the icon for a house. A solitary concrete column and conversation pit organize the open plan. An open concrete staircase connects towards the upper level of the two storey building.

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To balance the exposed concrete, the architects applied warm accents of plywood to the built-in furniture. Color accents in the sliding door, skylight and bathrooms add a playful touch to the minimal interiors.

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