Entry Title: "Villa Graafjansdijk"
Govaert & Vanhoutte architects,
Category and Expertise: Architectural Design, Professional
Villa Graafjansdijk is situated on a narrow plot, enclosed by an adjacent moat & a historical dike, overlooking an open meadow. The geographical context completely dictated the geometry of the house.
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The ground level of the villa fully occupies the narrow terrain, apart from a small inner garden on the north side. It is completely wrapped in barnwood alongside the road, hiding the garage and creating a private atmosphere for the bedrooms. This materialization produces a solid plinth contrasting with the transparent volume on upper floor. The upper volume, containing the living room and kitchen, is made completely out of glass.
The north side opens up completely on both levels, allowing views over the meadow from the living room and kitchen on the upper level , as well as from the bedrooms downstairs. The crops growing on the north side still allow for some privacy in the bedrooms.