We already knew that ar-architecten develops sleek, well-considered architecture in which there is always a perfect balance with the environment. Thanks to a good collaboration with the garden architects of Studio Verde, this new home is a timeless whole that is one with the surrounding garden.
The young architectural firm from Roeselare, Belgium knows how to translate their clients' dreams into good concepts. ar-architecten is a future-oriented full-service agency that was founded by Reinout Delobelle. He offers customers a total package, in which good cooperation between all parties is of great importance. For example, the team of architects, together with the client, puts together a construction team from the start, in which all executing parties contribute ideas about the detailing and the impact of their work on the architecture. The traditional subdivision between client, architect, and executing parties is thereby limited, which leads to better cooperation. In this recent project, integration of the house into the environment was the most important condition. From the start, the firm collaborated with Studio Verde, who were responsible for the garden architecture. Because the south side of the house is situated at the front, the garden is located on that side. The biggest challenge was therefore to guarantee sufficient privacy there. This was solved by exploiting height differences in the plot, in combination with the placement of some garden walls and green structures. The garden at the back is oriented to the north and has not been adapted, so that nature enters the house, as it were.
Darker shades are the perfect carrier for the colours of nature
The volume had to be subordinate to the terrain and radiate a certain tranquillity at the same time. This calm atmosphere is ensured by combining warm, sober facade materials and by using clean lines. The effect of the long brick and the canopies also fits perfectly into the whole. The upper volume of the residence ensures that the upper floor disappears more into the background and blends into the environment. Darker shades are the perfect carrier for the colours of nature, so they gladly took advantage of the former. Sleek and luxurious, that's how we best describe this design. The fact that a lot of attention was also paid to the garden and the house is therefore perfectly integrated into the environment, is a very great asset.
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Images courtesy of ar-architecten and Studio Verde