DS house by olivier dwek architectures subverts the rules of symmetry DS house by olivier dwek architectures subverts the rules of symmetry
oct 25, 2015

DS house by olivier dwek architectures subverts the rules of symmetry

brussels-based architect olivier dwek has shared images of a completed residence in belgium that features a series of geometrically extruded volumes. toying with the rules of proportion and measure, the architect references how mankind has built pyramids, temples and cathedrals all according to the guidelines of bilateral symmetry. in an attempt to subvert these strict rules, ‘DS house’ seeks to induce more excitement from its asymmetrical and imperfect form. 

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in order to access the property, one must traverse japanese-style stepping stones
image © serge anton (also main image)

 

 

the façade of this imposing residence reflects the tension between a quest for majesty balanced with a desire for difference and variation’, explains the design team. ‘the solemn construction is composed of various elements, certain of which have no architectonic function but sit alongside one another like autonomous sculptural entities. animated by a series of voids and projections, the façade resonates with nuances ranging from grey to beige, characteristic of the natural stone.

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the alternation of materials, textures and reflections offers the home a distinctive visual appearance
image © serge anton

 

 

in order to access the property, one must traverse japanese-style stepping stones that seem to float above the water’s surface. behind the home’s oxidised brass door, guests are drawn into the central axis of the residence where a cascade of light provides a visual link between two glazed apertures that open theatrically onto the garden. throughout the scheme, the alternation of materials, textures and reflections offers the home a distinctive visual appearance. 

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guests are drawn into the central axis of the residence
image © serge anton

olivier dwek architectures DS house brussels designboom
a cascade of light provides a visual link between two glazed apertures 
image © serge anton

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external views are provided of the surrounding landscape
image © serge anton

olivier dwek architectures DS house brussels designboom
the scheme toys with the rules of proportion and measure
image © serge anton

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