Room in the city

51N4E

The client, a family of 5, lives in an archetypical row house on a dense plot in the historic centre of Leuven.


客戶是一個五口之家,住在魯汶歷史中心一塊密集地塊上的典型排屋裡。

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.


住宅被改造成具有非常多樣化特徵的相連空間的集合:一個非常大、高、明亮、天頂光的空間成為案件的中心。

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.


通過一個秘密樓梯可以到達一個相鄰的小磚棚。街邊房間作為前廳、接待空間和儲藏室。

The garden becomes an open air room with green walls and an oversized water element.


花園變成了一個帶有綠色牆壁和超大水元素的露天房間。

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.


房間是通過精心設計的建築元素定義的:浮動玻璃屋頂、薄混凝土樓梯、水磨石樓板、綠色土牆、大推拉窗。

This collection of rooms becomes an ambivalent living environment in the continuum of public and private rooms that compose the city fabric.


在構成城市紋理的公共和私人房間的連續體中,這些房間變成了一個矛盾的生活環境。

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Project Information

Project Name: Room in the City

Location: LEUVEN, BELGIUM

Architect Office: 51N4E

Lead Architect:Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn,

Completion Year: 2016

Area:300m² 

Photographer:Maxime Delvaux

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.

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