ANTWERP, Belgium — A new building on a farm 40 miles east of Antwerp was designed to be contemporary without being “trendy,” according to Belgian architect Pascal François.
The residence replaces a home that once connected to an old barn on the property. The newer design references the older purpose of the property but bucks convention by extending terracotta tiles down the two wider facades of the house.
The architect told Dezeen that in addition to giving the home a uniform appearance and concealing necessities like gutters, the tile also creates a base in which to set glass and copper balcony structures as well as oak-framed windows. It’s a theme that begins with the home, stretches over into the shared outdoor areas and terminates in the nearby stable.
The barn is built of timber and brick. Along with the rusted metal, the materials are all of a type, traditional building components that might be found around an average farmstead, but arranged in a contemporary way. The architect said to Dezeen:
“Honest materials emphasise the building’s local character. Austere materials, oak in particular, enhance the harmony,” said the architect.
“This striking, well-balanced project displays integrity, without the slightest ambition to be trendy.”
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