This cool Belgium home in Wondelgem features a bold, dramatic exterior with a modern edge that’s matched only by the home’s ultra cool interiors. This unusual home designed by BLAF Architecten boasts a black, blocky facade and flat top which create a stand-out silhouette surrounded by a sea of more traditional house types. You could say the home’s dark and dramatic exterior is like the black sheep of the bunch – it certainly stands out from the crowd. The black walls, each at an unusual angle, make for an interesting home design indeed. Industrial style interiors of concrete, wood and brick are equally appealing. Here’s the tour.
From the architects, “This compact house fits a square footprint of 38 by 38 ft. It is extruded to a two storey volume. From this envelope the angles are cut away in order to enlarge the side strips of the plot and turn them into useful garden space.”
Further to the home’s unconventional shape, BLAF Architecten explains: “The plan and the structure of the house support the idea of the centrifugal interior space. Four structural V-shaped walls divide the plan into four equivalent living spaces that are connected in the center of the plan and open up towards the exterior.”
The interiors have a cool, industrial style aesthetic attributed to its painted brick walls, open concept interior layout, and at its heart, a striking spiral staircase winding its way upward.
Just look up to find a subtle yet stunning focal point! The concrete pattern echoes the look on wood planks, juxtaposed against wood details for a cool parallel between two very different materials.
The open kitchen and living area are a space for socializing and entertaining alike – and also a place to be entertained, if not by the company then certainly by the architecture!
The spiral staircase is a functional element, as in any multi level home, but this one also happens to be an artistic design that grabs and holds your attention with its delicate lines, smooth curves, and geometric treads. The lack of rise and open handrail let light and views flow through the space unobstructed.
When you reach the upper landing, the industrial look and feel continues with the concrete floors, deliberately unfinished wood frame walls and ceilings (check out the exposed “studs” which are used as display niches for art), and the white painted brick wall that continues up through the living area below.
Interiors are very airy. Light flows in through the large upper-level windows as well as up from the open living area below.
First floor layout:
Second floor layout: