‘rabbit hole’ by LENS’ASS architecten in pajottenland, belgium
all images courtesy LENS’ASS architecten
belgian practice LENS°ASS architecten has completed ‘rabbit hole’, a private single-family dwelling
and veterinary clinic in pajottenland, belgium. featuring a masoned brick tunnel that extends from the street,
the design links together and brings order to a cluster of existing buildings while encircling a private
outdoor yard at its center.
serving as the primary access point from the street, the narrow tunnel is humble and unassuming in presence,
continuing on the material palette of the circumscribing brick fence. a subtle turn in the passageway blocks
direct views into the yard, providing a level of privacy as well as a dynamic approach. the enclosed outdoor
area spatially connects together the dwelling with the adjacent veterinary practice while offering a
buffer zone between programs.
focusing on framing views of the sloping landscape, windows of varying sizes are placed strategically
to face the surrounding farmland and 17th-century gaasbeek castle in the distance. roughly carved
wooden beams and posts are left exposed to maintain a rural atmosphere within. barn-style doors over
windows and openings lend a modernized farmhouse aesthetic to the exterior.
view into house from private yard
view from dining space
brickwork in floors and ceiling