cocoon architecten: framework house
cocoon architecten: framework house cocoon architecten: framework house
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

  • What’s the cost of building such a room? Actually I wish designboom would start giving us the cost of each project they feature, as much as possible.

    Andre says:
  • Do you vault the wall to wash windows and clean leaves from the courtyard? Also looks as if they took ‘Dining Hall’ literally. It does blend nicely outside.


    Jim Cancil says:
  • It looks like there is door access to the narrow court to wash the windows.
    This is a really nice little project. Congrats-well done!

    Ed says:
  • Yes indeed, you can open the window opposite to the entrance door and access the courtyard for maintenance.
    Thanks for the comments!

    Peter says:
  • bravo.

    gb says:

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