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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.