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kempart loft in liege, belgium by dethier architectures
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apr 10, 2013
kempart loft in liege, belgium by dethier architectures


‘kempart loft’ by dethier architectures, liège, belgium
image © serge brison
all images courtesy of dethier architectures

 

 

responding to a client’s deep-seated interest in precision engineering, local firm dethier architectures inserted a technically advanced
architectural object into a reinterpreted loft in belgium. the architect stems from the 1970′s movement to transform small and
medium-sized industrial sites into housing units. often, however, such renovations were superficial in nature – a passé, rough-hewn
treatment for a lifestyle out of synch with contemporary expectations. most observers are aware of this, yet preconceptions about
how loft-design are as deep-rooted as their histories. proposing bold aesthetic choices while much more difficult in this context,
supplemented a design mainly focused on the space’s layout, function and sensitivity. the program called for the creation of a living
space for a couple with no children in an abandoned industrial bakery. the renovation began by opening up the available room
as much as possible, removing the tie beams and strengthening the rafters with metal plates set in the ridge beam. the resulting 154 sq. m
open area was structured by the introduction of a rounded modular unit housing two bathrooms, storage areas, a toilet and
the heating and ventilation systems. the pod divides the interior space and provides for various functions while creating a range of
ambiances. beginning with the entrance, the space provides zones for the hall, office, lounge, kitchen, dining room, bedroom and dressing room.
the lounge area is located on the southern side of the space, while the bedroom is to the north. clad in aluminum, the architectural object was
informed by an airstream trailer’s aerodynamic aesthetic. belgian artist jean gilbert dictated the saturated color scheme which can be glimpsed at
through three porthole windows. while the windows can be made opaque, the varied tonal elements energise the predominantly white interior
architecture, which serves to indirect light and emphasises the unit’s brushed aluminium skin. clean lines and a simple tonal range produce a
feeling of weightlessness– a notion reinforced by the understated, high-tech furnishings. strategically placed floor-to-ceiling windows and
lines of sight– one can look down a street and out towards the spacious terrace– were of particular importance. the terrace almost doubles the
living space and offers the inhabitants direct contact with the neighbourhood.


 

 

 

 


aluminium pod detail

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bedroom and bathrooms side

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views of the structure’s orange bathroom in context

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interior views of the pod

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kitchen corner

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terrace connection

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presumed connection to the street

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aluminum and aperture pod details

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roof terrace shows a subtle garden

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roof terrace view

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floor plan level 0

 

 

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