nicolas firket architects: villa ARRA, belgium nicolas firket architects: villa ARRA, belgium
feb 21, 2013

nicolas firket architects: villa ARRA, belgium

‘villa ARRA’ by nicolas firket architects, bellaire, liège, Belgium

image © marie francoise plissart

all images courtesy of nicolas firket architects



with a cutting gesture into an ideal green hill, local firm nicolas firket architects‘s design for ‘villa ARRA’ a private countryside home in belgium meticulously breaks the villa typology. while bucolic greenery brings to mind warm, rustic architectonics, the residence pointedly edits notions of architectural and natural harmony with its brilliant use of gridded pavers as cladding. an informal type of concrete masonry unit (CMU) ordinarily used to create environmentally friendly turfscapes, the rhomboid forms take on an different materiality as the building’s envelope. the high-performance skin conceptually enhances an architecture that respects the rolling hills of its picturesque context while allowing for grass growth and water runoff. the textured facade is complemented by L-shaped glazed walls that perpendicularly stagger into the hollow ridge of the hill. the villa quietly sinks into the greenery; the illusion of a cantilever is filled with a program lit by the ripples of reflected light.



horizontal bands of glazing and a sunken program make the home an unassuming visitor on the landscape

image © marie francoise plissart



gridded pavers clad the building and connect it to the nearby country road

image © marie francoise plissart



these CMU rhomboid gridded pavers are usually used for ‘green driveways’ because they permit water to filter to the grass beneath 

image © marie francoise plissart



(left): the second subterranean level reflects light into the dining room on the first below-grade level (right): stairs continue the language of cantilevers image © serge anton



a nighttime view of the first below-ground level captures a lit strip of the second below-ground level 

image © marie francoise plissart






site plan



(left): roof plan level o(middle): floor level -1(right): floor plan level -2



long section



short section



project info:


program: private single family houselocation: bellaire, belgiumteam: nicolas firket, maire-noelle meessen, giulio paladinistructural engineering: phillipe clossetarea: 240 square meters

  • entrance stair usable as maintenance pit for the car. oil change and such. i like those ideas 😉

    jrjrjr says:

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