• Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Residential
  • Company/Firm
    BURO 2018 architecten bv
  • Lead Designer
    Bart Coenen
  • Architect
    Bart Coenen, Linda El-Ali
  • Interior Designer
    Jessa van Well
  • Const. Company
    Concrete house + Diliën metaalwerken
  • Photographer Credit
    Yannick Milpas
  • Location
  • Client
    Tom Andries & Christl Martens
  • Project Date

The client wanted a compact and practical single-family house that merges nature and architecture. Given the particularity of the land, a sloped terrain with a 13-metres height difference, the two-story house was built partially underground, cantilevered and overlooking the forest of Rotselaar.
The house appears as a black wooden box from the street and gradually deconstructs into a transparent glass volume that blends with the trees. Natural and raw materials like wood, concrete, and steel were used to emphasize the connection between the house and its surroundings
The design fulfills the client's brief for 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a studio space, cooking, dining, sitting areas, and a storage room through an efficient and practical layout inside a compact volume.
The semi-underground lower level was built with precast exposed concrete walls and opens onto a terrace creating indoor/outdoor space with a beautiful view. The top floor was constructed with an industrial steel truss structure insulated with sandwich panels, cantilevering 5 meters above the terrace. Two-thirds of the facade features floor-to-ceiling windows giving a floating sensation among the trees.

Established in Belgium in 2006, Buro 2018 Architecten is an award winning architecture and interior design studio striving to create high-quality contemporary architecture.
Their projects stand out for their minimal design, sober ratio and thoughtful combination of material and function.
The minimalist design, meticulous detailing and the relationship between interior and exterior form the foundations of every design.
The team is focused on achieving the maximum for their clients while taking into consideration evolving energy standards and the budget of each construction project.

Other prizes
2023 Entrr Award exceptional belgian building 2012 Entrr Award exceptional belgian building 2007 benelux trophy hot dip galvanizing 2006 steel building award single-family house