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This ‘lightfooted’ villa by CAS Architecten shows how simple architecture, without embellishment, can nevertheless be beautiful. On a large parcel in Bonheiden, Belgium, the site fronts a busy road but becomes more tranquil towards the rear with views over grazing sheep and meadows.
In response to the site conditions, the façade is largely closed towards the busy road but towards the rear is organized in a u-shaped formation around a central courtyard. Walls are strategically placed in the courtyard area so that sleeping areas are not visible from living areas.
The ground base of the villa is accentuated by a flat plaster that appears like concrete. The volume above is realized in wooden cabinetwork and cladding. The contrast between the two is subtle and soft, yet provides a natural-looking differentiation and gradation.
To give the front garden more depth, CAS relocated the driveway to be meandering versus straight. Several terraces, deep in the back of the garden bring forth a special atmosphere in the evening.