Around the Voorhaven in Ghent there is a neighbourhood that performs as an ‘inner periphery’; it lays within walking distance of the city but it lacks the cohesion and real urban assets of the centre. Recent transformations have provided the area with some clearer assets of urban development, namely a park along the Kanaal De Lieve and a productive area next to the Buitensingel. In this context, the house aspires to perform as a haven, but one that does not cut ties with its surroundings, but instead relies on the perhaps appealing diversions of the fragmented fabric: a house with its own references within a changing landscape.
The house is transformed in a sequence of events where each takes its own premise whilst connecting to the next. The entrance is a square that receives the visitor or the inhabitant, open to some degree to the outside street. The staircase, public and accessible from every room, is a single void with two overlapping stair flights. The kitchen, cave-like, accommodates a long cooking surface as a gradient towards the garden. The living room, an articulated pavilion reveals the garden through different framings of the outside. And finally the attic, becomes a culmination to the house with a vaulted room with a stretched panoramic view over the surroundings.
Team: Guillem Pons, Joris Kerremans, Agathe Moreau