House DS

Graux & Baeyens architecten, Destelbergen, 2011


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House D-S began with the clients wish to completely renovate their home. The original building can be described as a typical Belgian ‘fermette’ or farmhouse imitation from the 1970s

Instead of completely renovating the building the archetype of the ‘farmhouse’ is conserved and an extension is added that creates a dissonance and confrontation which sharpens both entities and achieves a symbiosis between old and new.

Four volumes are placed against the existing volume as large frames to capture light and form a new rear to the building. A fifth separate volume is also added for the pool house.

These new volumes define the large garden area which is connected by terraces and a pool.

Internally a fusion of the old and new buildings is created. The new space formed by the picture windows connects through a continuous wall cupboard to the existing living room. The result is an open living space where the garden with its evolving seasons plays a central role.


  • Begun: Jun 2010
  • Completed: Aug 2011
  • Floor area: 300m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £240,000
  • Address: Destelbergen, Destelbergen, 0000, Belgium

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