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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