Room in the city
The client, a family of 5, lives in an archetypical row house on a dense plot in the historic centre of Leuven.
The home is transformed into a collection of connected spaces with very diverse characters: a very big, high and bright space with zenithal light becomes the centre of the project.
A small adjoining brick shed is reached through a secret staircase. The street side room serves as a vestibule, a reception space plus storage room.
The garden becomes an open air room with green walls and an oversized water element.
The rooms are defined through a careful formulation of building elements: a floating glass-roof, a thin concrete staircase, a terrazzo floor slab, a green earth wall, a large sliding window.
This collection of rooms becomes an ambivalent living environment in the continuum of public and private rooms that compose the city fabric.
Project Name: Room in the City
Location: LEUVEN, BELGIUM
Architect Office: 51N4E
Lead Architect：Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn,
Completion Year: 2016
51N4E is rooted in Europe, where comfort slows down change. In the face of a democratic and ecological deficit, transformation happens here in a space that is already occupied by multiple and often parallel realities. In this context, we use design to help overcome opposition and create integrated value and new experiences.
51N4E is a self-steering collective that wants to empower people to be both autonomous and connected. It does so by organizing the supportive processes needed for a collaborative design culture. This collaboration platform combines the internal studios with a growing network of external partners. As such, it mirrors today’s complex reality and produces an ecosystem of knowledge.