Graafjansdijk Residence by Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects

Graafjansdijk Residence by Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects

Architects: Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects
Location: Knokke, Belgium
Year: 2015
Photo courtesy: Govaert & Vanhoutte
Description:

In the ninth century, the Graafjansdijk (dam) secured parts of France and Belgium agaist the tempest tides from the North Sea and the Western piece of the waterway Schelde. Right now just a short segment of this embankment stays in the provincial surroundings of the ocean side town of Knokke, close to the fringe with Holland.

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Over the street from the Graafjansdijk is the tight plot, encased by a neighboring channel on the north side. The territory neglects an open glade. This geological setting majorly affects how the outline of the estate was seen.

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the ground level of the manor completely involves the slender territory, aside from a little inward garden on the north side. It is totally wrapped in barnwood nearby the street, concealing the carport and making a private environment for the rooms. This emergence delivers a strong plinth appearing differently in relation to the straightforward volume on upper floor. This subordinate upper volume, containing the front room and kitchen, is made totally out of glass and is a considerable measure littler than the shut volume underneath. The barnwood dividers augments 1 meter over the first level and capacities as a railing for the porch.

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The north side opens up totally on both levels, permitting perspectives over the knoll from the lounge room and kitchen on the upper level , and additionally from the rooms first floor. The products developing on the north side still consider some security in the rooms.

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The same design materials from the outside are connected all through the inside. The personal rooms join a comfortable dark Tadelakt floor and dividers with bespoke barnwood furniture. The same deck proceeds on the upper level, joined with an exposed metal kitchen counter. The detached barnwood kitchen storerooms outline the perspective over the dam, as opposed to overexposing it. Past the counter lies the porch, where the risen barnwood plinth makes protection.

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