Did you ever wonder how your house would look like when fully stripped-down? BLAF Architecten provided us with the answer! Their dnA house took inspiration from the numerous renovations they did on typical Belgian houses with brick walls and wooden beam floor structures. These structures are very receptive to transformations, but are not so smart when it comes to improving the energy performance. Therefore BLAF wanted to design an “intelligent ruin”, a structure that marks the urbanistic outline of the house, a house where you can always go back to the basic space and form and that can be redesigned from the inside.
Located on a left-over plot in the town centre of Asse, this cross shaped house follows the sun and the natural slope of the building plot. As a result the dnA house is rotated 45 degrees towards the street. The house consists of two structures with a clear hierarchy. The outer structure is a highly durable outline made in brick walls (re-used) with a flat roof; an empty 2 storeys high space. All the structural elements that were needed to make this structure completely autonomous are articulated on the outside of the walls.
The inner structure is a box in the box construction, a light timber frame construction, well insulated and air tight. This structure is removable, adaptable and receptive to transformations in time. The outline of the inner box does not copy that of the outer structure. A patio in one part of the cross creates the visibility of the brick wall from the interior.
How would the I Love Belgian team define this house? Working with principles of the great modernist of the 20th century while keeping in mind the Belgian heritage of building logic and materials. A splendid combination!