Farmhouse in Belgium by Studio Farris
Studio Farris architects have converted this farmhouse from an 18th century house and stables into a single family contemporary home. This energy-efficient house is located in Lennik, a small town near Brussels, Belgium.
Description by Studio Farris:
“Studio Farris architects was commissioned to convert both house and stables of an 18th century farm located in Lennik, a small town in an agricultural area close to Brussels, into a single family house.
The family’s wish was to get as much natural light as possible to enter the house while maintaining its authentic charm.
Giuseppe Farris opted for a box-in-box system to avoid any chemical reactions with sulfates in the ground and walls of the original farm. this system also takes care of the energy-efficiency of the house.
To provide each room with the necessary amount of natural light, a concept that is often seen in old farms around the area was applied: windows and doors are bricked up and cut out in a pragmatic way, making the façade a whimsical patchwork of old and new scars.
Typological fragments are reinterpreted throughout the house. The fireplace, which is a 6 meter (20 foot) high, suspended steel construction, is the heart of the house.
The front garden was designed to connect the farmhouse and its outbuildings.
The backyard is a patchwork of pragmatic shapes in typological materials that enhance the experience of the surroundings. “
Photos by Tim Van de Velde