Single-family house with poolhouse / Studio Ambacht + Oostkaai
Text description provided by the architects. The house is a tribute to great designers such as Le Corbusier, Kahn and Scarpa. On the outskirts of the historic village of Lier in Belgium, the Ambacht studio designed this single-family house as a “gesamtkunstwerk” in close collaboration with the owners, the contractor and the local craftsmen.
The environment is characterized by terraced and terraced houses with south-facing gardens. The house, located on the border between urbanization and countryside, is an old farmhouse completely renovated. The site has a minimum slope of 60 cm towards the garden.
Upon entering the house, visitors will be greeted by a glimpse of the swimming pool and the black pool house at the bottom of the garden. Closely connected to the corridor, a central atrium. supplies the building with light and sun. Everything revolves around her. The courtyard walls reach nearly 6 meters high, a stark contrast to the kitchen which is only 2.26 meters high: Le Corbusier’s golden ratio.
The kitchen is located next to the atrium and functions as a gazebo over the whole house and garden. The acoustic ceiling and the attractive library connect the kitchen to the living room, located on a lower level. The stairs leading to the living room are inspired by Scarpa. A long swimming pool leads to another small house in the garden built in wood and which is used as a holiday home or home office.
The house is built with authentic and natural materials such as brick, concrete and wood. High-end surfaces (walnut, dark oak and brown marble) were used as well as truly ascetic surfaces such as polished concrete for the floors and exposed concrete for most of the ceilings. The facades are inspired by Kahn and made of white painted bricks in combination with concrete and exotic afrormosia wood.