COMMERCIAL - PUBLIC HOUSINGLOCATION
10 X 50/75m2STATUS
Affordable living doesn’t have to be boring. The modern, raw architecture
of Concrete Residence shows this by making one bold statement. A steady
concrete overhang frames the first floor, which makes for an eye-catching
front façade. Through depth, material usage and a transparent façade,
Concrete Residence sets itself apart from the other residential buildings,
creating a new standard.
On a footprint of just 250m2, 10 starter apartments are realized. The ground
and first level fit eight 50m2, one-bedroom apartments. The second level
fits two 75m2, two-bedroom apartments. The extended concrete frame
serves as an open-air corridor from which the four apartments on the first
floor are accessed.
“Through a glass cut-out, the main entrance splits the building in two. This is a nod to the plot´s history, which hosted a family home and a small restaurant in two distinct buildings. Through the concrete frame, this divide is reconnected: while it may seem like two separate buildings, it is one statement.”
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Four one-bedroom apartments with entrance on the ground floor
FIRST FLOOR +1
Four one bedroom apartments with balcony and entrance via gallery
SECOND FLOOR +2
Two two-bedroom penthouses on the top floor with a sloping roof
The concrete frame creates privacy from every direction. Its architectural quality is exaggerated by the sloped planes, creating visual depth. It gives body to the frame while allowing sight lines still. The minimal glass balustrade attracts little attention, it fades to the background. The steady concrete takes centre stage. This is the statement.
Sustainable options can sometimes lead to even more impressive architecture. Clever architecture sees nature not as an obstacle but uses nature to its full advantage. Not only actively, through new technologies such as integrated solar panel roofing, but also passively. The concrete frame is more than a visual statement. The overhang prevents the high summer sun from entering the apartments but allows the lower winter sun to come through, allowing passive cooling and heating when needed.
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