lhoas + lhoas: new duplex for t+l
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feb 09, 2011

lhoas + lhoas: new duplex for t+l

‘duplex’ by lhoas + lhoas, brussels image courtesy of 354 photographers

brussels based architects, lhoas + lhoas have designed ‘new duplex for t+l’, a large family home located in an old warehouse in the heart of brussels, belgium.

the abstract layout adopts a trapeze like shape that functions as an open plan. principal rooms on the main floor are divided by small incomplete walls or an open bookshelf, allowing natural light to flood the old industrial shell and the spaces to remain flexible to the family.

ground floor hallway images courtesy of 354 photographers

reversed from the traditional hierarchy typical of many homes, the kitchen, living and dining rooms are situated on the second level to take advantage of surrounding views and maximized daylight.

five bedrooms, located on the ground floor branch off of a central hallway through a succession of offset doorways. four secondary bedrooms feature variously protruding walls that react to the peripheral partitions. slightly angled walls and changing elevations create an layered environment that slowly unfolds as the residents move further down the hall.

image courtesy of 354 photographers

first level living area image courtesy of 354 photographers

vertical surfaces are treated in white to simplify and unify the open and continuous plan. various wood species used in combination with each other contrast the otherwise stark interior to provide a grounded focus.

secondary living room on first storey image courtesy of 354 photographers

a series of industrial windows line the exterior wall, flooding the interior with natural daylight image courtesy of 354 photographers

a custom bookshelf surrounds a fireplace in the primary living room images courtesy of 354 photographers

(left) custom bookshelf in use (right) detail of bookshelf images courtesy of lydie nesvadba

kitchen image courtesy of lydie nesvadba

(left) kitchen (right) detail of kitchen island image courtesy of lydie nesvadba

a restored metal staircase original to the building leads directly to the rooftop terrace where it is protected by a large glass dome that filters light down into the dwelling.

central stairway image courtesy of 354 photographers

rooftop image courtesy of 354 photographers

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

  • you know what? you can’t have kids nor pets in this house. you won’t have a uniform white anymore and all of a sudden your house looks stain-ful.

    5 years down the road it may turn yellow.

    everlastingz says:
  • I think it is nicely done.

    Josef says:
  • @everlastingz
    who cares about the colour! you can do the same thing with red walls! the colour is not the main theme!!!

    fe says:


    the whiteophobes shall have fits

    dbkii says:
  • @everlastingz
    the kids and pets won´t stain the walls because they will fall from that stairs and die before that

    waldo says:
  • Only one toilet for 4 bedrooms and one for the master….really?
    The tiny kitchen is awful for that many people. tiny fridge, no storage, no decent prep areas…again…REALLY?

    nelliej says:

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