dmoa architects' screen house frames the gently sloping fields of belgium's countryside

dmoa architects' screen house frames the gently sloping fields of belgium's countryside

the narrow, long, and tall house sits upon a beautiful site with endless views of the green landscape in bierbeek, belgium. unfortunately it is located next to a truckers company. the building itself acts as a screen to cover up the unsightly and noisy neighbor.

all images © luc roymans



the belgian based dmoa architects designed ‘the screen’ house maximizing the vistas from each space inside the project. the head of the lengthy residence contains the garage. above it lies the children’s bedrooms, where the volume shifts towards the left and opens to the greenery through a large window. this way, the children can marvel to the vista from their dormitories. this displacement gives a nice dynamic to the front elevation. the residence’s posterior end is cut at an angle and fully glazed. doing so, the living room maximally enjoys the best part of the panorama. the shape of the house which naturally arose from the conditions, is strong in its simplicity. the windows are large and implanted consciously, like gigantic wooden canvases that frame the landscape.

the building’s two notable volumes are shifted to offer an appreciation of the surrounding vistas



the mood in the house is serene, pure, and focused on the tranquility of the countryside. the big windows are fitted along the outside with horizontal slats allowing the sun and the residents’ privacy to filter in as they please. the vivacious brick material brings texture and character to the whole house, while the interior continues the purity of form and materialisation. there is a limited number of materials used throughout the project. for instance, non-plastered walls in planked concrete and wood veneer with similar texture match harmoniously. the white cast floor and white plastered ceiling let the concrete and veneer emerge even stronger. the kitchen complements this palette with a locally cast concrete countertop and white artificial stone cabinets. in the bedrooms, the atmosphere is warmed by wood parquet flooring. ‘the screen’ house is a nice place to come after a busy day filled with impulse. it is an isolated house from which you can stare for hours to the vast fields.

the big windows are fitted along the outside with screens and horizontal slats

a vivacious brick material attributes texture and character to the whole house

a garden door is aligned with the brick wall

the large windows frame the surrounding landscape

the horizontal slats cast a calm brightness in the bedrooms

the white floor and white plastered ceiling let the concrete and veneer emerge even stronger

the mood in the house is pure and serene

walking up the stairs, the atmosphere is warmed by wood parquet flooring

the wood veneer matches harmoniously with the rest of the materials used in the interior



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edited by: apostolos costarangos | designboom


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