Stéphane Beel Architects designed the Villa H. te W., a fort-like home located in the rolling grassy hills of converted agricultural lands in the Belgian countryside.
Description by Stéphane Beel Architects:
The valuable landscape character of the area is mainly characterized by the natural distribution of separate groups of trees, interspersed with vast, gently undulating landscape. The combination of low vegetation, shrubs and grass in relation to groups of tall trees gives the landscape its typical views. Do this over time reaches a natural balance of the farm buildings, the buildings have become essential elements of the typical landscape character itself. It is necessary to analyze in order to achieve a responsible and interesting processing of that data. Thoroughly the existing landscape, the typologies present and the situation on the ground.
The design of the new leaves at different scales from the typical characteristics of the landscape and existing buildings. A “place” to live, both in the landscape and in the house itself. The “yard” of yesteryear is reinterpreted and introduced. The demarcation of a place in the landscape where people live and work, is the basic idea of the yard and is translated into a contemporary context.
The existing farm is reinterpreted in a contemporary house with strong reference to the old typology. Housing is reduced to the purest form of life in one place, in a building on a farm in the countryside.