Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

Butterfly House in Oud-Heverlee, BE // blanco architecten

Oud-Heverlee, Belgium

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Building regulations not only exist, to lay upon us how deep, how high and where we can build. No. Such regulations are there to be challenged. To be taken on, and used as a first approach to the essence of living and the appearance hereof. This residence translates the ‘different way of thinking’ through its atypical roof – two plates sloping towards the core of the building, creating a strong axis which is only broken by an inner courtyard.

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

The  courtyard, at the heart of the house, provides natural daylight to its surroundings and creates a link between the main-functions of this one-story residence; living- and dining area, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and entrance hall. This results in a sunbathed living space, creating transparency and a sense of wide spaces, without confining the privacy of its inhabitants.

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

The axis cuts through the house, accentuated by a closed borderline, creating an immediate contrast between the two sides – the open and the closed. The borderline, consisting of one long-stretched cupboard, provides hiding and access to secondary functions; office, guestroom, storage and garage. The whole is perceived as a surprising answer to lifelong, but yet young-spirited living.

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

Bricks: Marono Gesmoord by WienerbergerWindows: aluminium with high performance double glazing.Material garage doors : Trespa.

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

Photo Credit: Kristel Merckx - © blanco architecten

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