cocoon architecten: framework house
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mar 12, 2012
cocoon architecten: framework house

‘framework house’ by cocoon architecten, genk, belgium
image © liesbet goetschalckx
all images courtesy of
cocoon architecten

an intervention of an existing farmhouse in genk, belgium, the ‘framework house’ is a single family dwelling by
belgian firm cocoon architecten. dating from the 1970s, the structure was modified, extending the interior space beyond
the building’s footprint and closer towards the garden, creating a new relationship with the outdoors. oriented towards
the street, a solid elevation of black metal panels ensures privacy while an open air courtyard bordered with glass
introduces daylight into the internal entry and sitting room.

the rear facade of the extension’s minimalist volume is clad with glass, redirecting focus from the living area towards the lawn.
the public spaces continue in a linear configuration with an adjacent dining table transitioning into the kitchen. storage is
contained within a wall of wooden panels, with a concealed door revealing the corridor to the private bedroom wing placed
within the farmhouse.

original farmhouse is intersected with a contemporary extension
image © liesbet goetschalckx

glass facade overlooking the garden
image © liesbet goetschalckx

roof detail
image © liesbet goetschalckx

(left) metal panel facade
(right) entry path
images © liesbet goetschalckx

facade facing the street
image © liesbet goetschalckx

entry and courtyard
image © liesbet goetschalckx

courtyard introduces natural daylight into the sitting room
image © liesbet goetschalckx

sitting room
image © liesbet goetschalckx

dining area with sitting room beyond
image © liesbet goetschalckx

wood panel door reveals corridor to the bedroom wing
image © liesbet goetschalckx

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