bamboo clad house in rotselaar by AST 77
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dec 20, 2012
bamboo clad house in rotselaar by AST 77


‘house in rotselaar’ by AST 77, rotselaar, belgium
image © steven massart
all images courtesy of AST 77

 

 

designboom first published the ‘house in rotselaar’ by belgian practice AST 77 on august 19th, 2012, and has since received images of the completed
interior which we are featuring in this article (see original publication here). the updated project uses simple color treatments and exposed
oriented strand board (OSB) panels to add character to the spaces and cut down on the amount of excess material. the stepped sequence of levels
are visually connected through a diagonal sight-line, making the interior feel much larger than it is while still maintaining individual programmatic elements.

 

the dwelling is nestled within a forested plot in rotselaar, belgium. the 26.3 meter long by 4.5 meter wide footprint is an open volume which navigates
a steep grade. the exterior is clad with bamboo poles framed with black steel structural elements. the facade treatment attempts to recede into the
context of tree trunks. strategically placed windows offer outward views and increase the passive solar gain, ventilation and natural daylight levels.
taking the place of a previously existing bungalow and extension, the architects recycled the retaining wall in the hillside to inform the direction of the house,
rather than orienting it towards the street as would be traditionally done. the residence heralds almost all possible strategies to comply with low-energy standards.
rain catchment on the roof transports the water to the basement level which contains filtration and recycling equipment and the heat pump.
radiant floor heating and ample use of insulation and ventilation along with locally-sourced unfinished materials adds to the sustainable nature of the project.

 

 


a walkthrough of the house and some brief words from the architect (audio in belgian)
video © AST 77

 

 


image © steven massart

 

 


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image © steven massart

 

 


image © steven massart

 

 


images © steven massart

 

 


images © steven massart

 

 


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original interior
image © steven massart

 

 


original kitchen
image © steven massart

 

 


original living room
image © steven massart

 

 


stepped interior contains the work area above the kitchen overlooking the living room
image © steven massart

 

 


(left) work desk
(right) kitchen area
image © steven massart

 

 


(left) kitchen counter
(right) dining area
image © steven massart

 

 


dining and living room
image © steven massart

 

 


use of color and simple furnishings add character to the space
image © steven massart

 

 


living room area
image © steven massart

 

 


wall shelving
image © steven massart

 

 


stairs to the second level
image © steven massart

 

 


oriented strand board interior with exposed systems reduce material use and waste
image © steven massart

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 

project info:

 

 

description: low energy bamboo house
name client: thijs – peeters
construction year: 2010 – 2011
surface area: 1060 m2
built area: 118 m2
living surface: 260 m2
energy level: e 40
materials: timber frame construction
walls: bamboo – bamboe fencing
windows: wooden – kwadro – 1,0 wm²k
roof: steel plated – finn roof
heating: floor heating – climasolutions
heat pump: daikin
architect: arch.- ing. peter van impe
engineer: arch.- ing. peter van impe, ir. arch. bart gullentops
safety coordinator: 2b-safe
energy consultant: 2b-safe
contractors: kris hermans, bamboo fencing, climasolutions, carl deckers, makke dakwerken, kwadro ramen, dirk andries
fremosia parket, toca

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