POPULAR TODAY ARCHITECTURE

cocoon architecten: framework house
original content
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

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library