Mirrored cladding helps Belgian villa "disappear" into forest

Belgian apply Studio Okami Architecten has accomplished a woodland villa in Antwerp named Beli Home, which contains a mirrored facade and attracts on Nineteen Sixties design.

Positioned in Kalmthout, the constructing replaces an experimental Nineteen Sixties villa, which needed to be demolished as a consequence of Belgian rules and the shopper’s need for extra space.

To pay tribute to the unique house on the positioning, Studio Okami Architecten designed Beli Home within the fashion of the last decade’s structure.

Studio Okami Architecten has created the Beli Home in Belgian woodland

“Within the 60s the inexperienced belt round Antwerp was the place for architectural experimentation – a number of attention-grabbing villas have been constructed on this wooded space,” studio founding accomplice Bram Van Cauter informed Dezeen.

“Our shopper purchased a type of early architectural gems,” he continued. “Sadly, when inspecting the unique construction, the constructing was too far gone to renovate it to as we speak’s requirements.”

“The altering nature of house use, together with working from house and accommodating a busy household life, additionally necessitated a rise within the constructing’s sq. footage.”

Two-storey home in a forest by Studio Okami Architecten
Its design was knowledgeable by a Nineteen Sixties villa beforehand on the positioning

Drawing from the fashion of the unique construction, Beli Home contains concrete partitions with floor-to-ceiling home windows on the bottom flooring.

With various heights and orientations, the concrete partitions divide the inside whereas offering privateness and shading. A marble wall marking the doorway provides a playful accent.

Two-storey home in a forest with a glazed ground floor and mirror-clad upper floor
Mirrored facades replicate the encompassing woodland

On the bottom flooring, an open-plan kitchen, eating, and dwelling space branches from the doorway. With cabinets and partitions clad in walnut wooden, this area is designed to be heat and welcoming.

“The wealthy, darkish hue of the walnut wooden pairs effectively with quite a lot of different supplies and colors whereas providing a heat and welcoming ambiance that’s excellent for gathering with family and friends,” stated founding accomplice Hans Vanassche.

In the direction of the opposite finish of the constructing are the house workplace and principal bed room, from which a walk-in closet and ensuite rest room lengthen. Right here there’s additionally a laundry room and storage space.

The decrease degree of Beli Home is topped with a boxy, mirrored construction, which incorporates two youngsters’s bedrooms together with a playroom and two bogs.

Dining area of Beli House by Studio Okami Architecten
The open-plan kitchen and eating space has a heat materials palette

The mirror-clad quantity was designed by Studio Okami Architekten to assist disguise the higher flooring and provides the phantasm of a extra elongated kind for the home.

“The mirrored field disappears because of the reflection of the forest, permitting the villa to keep up its slick horizontal bungalow-like look,” stated Vanassche.

Narrow walkway ending in a floor-to-ceiling window with dark wood wall panelling
Cabinets are made with walnut wooden

The mirrored parts, that are constructed from reflective aluminium, are lined in condensation for a lot of the day.

In response to the studio, that is hoped to assist forestall birds from complicated them for continued area and colliding with them consequently.

Exterior of the bottom level of Beli House
Flooring-to-ceiling home windows reference the demolished home

“The aluminium reflective panels are used as an out of doors shell ventilated facade, disconnected from the thermal shell,” defined Van Cauter. “Within the Belgian local weather the panels are non-reflective for a big a part of the day as a consequence of condensation.”

“The condensation runs in vertical stripes, which helps birds to keep away from the panels,” he continued.

Two-storey home in a forest with a glazed ground floor and mirror-clad upper floor
Concrete partitions divide the house

Elsewhere, Studio Okami Architecten has additionally lately renovated a duplex condo in a brutalist tower and created a house inside a sloping hillside.

Different buildings with mirrored cladding featured on Dezeen embody an artwork storage constructing by MVRDV and prefabricated cabins in Quebec which function mirrored partitions.

The images is by Nick Claeskens.