lhoas + lhoas: c+c house

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house

‘c+c house’ by lhoas + lhoas, brussels, belgium images courtesy of 354 photographers

belgium based architects lhoas + lhoas have designed ‘house for c + c’, a multi-level warehouse conversion for a family living in the heart of brussels. featuring a prominent staircase and a stark palette of black and white, the dwelling, which sits within a larger residential complex, explores the boundaries of an orthogonal plan by shifting the space with the addition of misaligned volumes.

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house principal bedroom

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house shower stall in ensuite bathroom

accessed through a shared ground floor entrance, the structure is composed of an organic and expansive plan that is distributed over four and a half storeys. the principal bedroom and children’s rooms are located on the second and third levels respectively, reserving the top floor for the kitchen, living and dining room where views of the surrounding city are optimal.

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house staircase

a dark twisting mass pierces through the structure, connecting each level to the next, becoming more exaggerating and exposed as the program unfolds. pivoting walls respond to the movement and placement of the central staircase as they skew and rotate away from the volume.

rooms and corridors are treated simply and similarly, introducing smooth surfaces in either black or white to contrast the textural concrete ceiling original to the warehouse.

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house (left) third storey corridor (right) stairs leading up to kitchen, living and dining

a faceted ceiling on the top floor – an additional volume added to the existing structure – responds to the geometric dimension introduced through the staircase. the collapsing forms collectively migrate to a single point in the room, creating a delicate transition between the shifting volumes within the space.

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house fourth level and loft

in the kitchen, which is tucked beneath the loft to provide a more appropriate scale, an assemblage of distinct forms and objects compose a stark and modular work environment. individual metal frame structures, not dissimilar from that of a bicycle, link together to provide a series of work surfaces that can be used alone or as a group. fixed oak cabinets housing the sink and pantry space run the length of one concealed wall, leaving the rest of the space free of visual clutter.

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house living room

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house dining room

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house fourth storey terrace

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house floor plan / level 1

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house floor plan / level 2


lhoas + lhoas: c+c house floor plan / level 3

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house floor plan / loft

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house roof plan

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house front elevation

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house back elevation

lhoas + lhoas: c+c house diagram of staircase

project info:

area: 210 square meters team: pablo lhoas, pierre lhoas, bernard dubois, perrine ernest


  • looks great….totally NOT functional. Crazy bad kitchen, concrete ceilings….really? I can feel the weight pressing down already and I just saw pics. No thought to sound or how sound carries…..Back to the drawing boards for this one.

    Feb 19, 2011
  • Deconstruct for the sake of deconstructing produces unfortunately very poor spaces. Pointless exercise.

    Feb 15, 2011
  • i love this small house! there are very exciting spaces in the whole house! simple but very rich spaces. thanks~ do you know “passive house”, the enery saving building standard?

    Feb 14, 2011

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