Belgian structure studio Hé! has remodeled an industrial constructing in Brussels right into a four-storey townhouse, studio and co-working house, including a timber-framed rooftop extension clad in pale brickwork.
A part of a residential terrace within the Molenbeek space of Brussels, the workshop and warehouse, previously utilized by a disinfectant firm, had been deserted for a number of years and wanted vital structural restoration.
Throughout 4 ranges, the brand new constructing – referred to as Karper after Karperstraat, the road on which it sits – combines ground-floor co-working areas with condo areas that have been designed to be versatile.
It will possibly both be a single-family dwelling or break up into separate, rentable studios.
“The construction and structure is tremendous easy and straightforward to know…for me it is rather essential to construct straightforward and low-tech,” Hé! co-founder Hanne Eckelmans instructed Dezeen.
“It makes it straightforward to restore or modify issues for our purchasers who should not architects, [and] the demountable knot connection of the construction permits it to be tailored and even dismantled and reused,” she added.
On the bottom flooring, two small co-working areas sit alongside a hall that results in a rear backyard and a staircase that leads up into the condo areas.
The primary flooring is at the moment configured as a separate, personal condo, with a big dwelling, eating and kitchen house on the entrance of the house and bedrooms on the rear.
A wood staircase leads as much as the two-storey condo above, the place the second-floor dwelling space and third-floor kitchen and eating house each open onto small rooftop terraces paved with white tiles.
Following the proportions of the adjoining constructing, the brand new extension is completed with skinny piers of white brick, between which sit giant home windows that flood the brand new dwelling areas with pure gentle.
Specializing in using pure and uncooked supplies, the painted brick partitions of the present construction are complemented by new structural components in timber, clay plaster and rammed-earth counter tops and tables.
“In our structure we construct with regenerative supplies as an alternative of petrochemical supplies,” Eckelmans instructed Dezeen.
“We do not solely use these supplies as a result of we expect it is higher for the surroundings, but in addition as a result of we just like the native story behind these supplies and their emotional worth,” she added.
Based mostly in Brussels, Hé! was based in 2017 by Hanne Eckelmans and Renée Verhulst, working throughout structure and inside design.
Elsewhere in Belgium, structure studio BLAF used reclaimed bricks to design a house in Ghent with curving partitions that wrap round a collection of present timber, and A2o architecten created Home Be as “an experiment in dwelling in and amongst nature.”
The images is by Tim Van de Velde.