Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mileikowsky's House, Linkebeek,Belgium | Samyn and Partners

This is a mixed-use construction for a cinematographer that includes production and workspaces as well as a residence.The construction includes the street level of an existing small house. It now houses the entry hall, a large office and a kitchen ; the lving-room and the stairway are in the extension to the building.The professional studios occupy all the cellars as well as part of the second floor.The remainder of this floor includes the master bedroom with its bathroom, as well as five children's rooms and sanitary installations. They are equipped with a mezzanine protected by textile netting that leads to the glassed-wall facade. The building presents curved and vegetalised facades that are very private and closed to the neighbours to the north, the east and the south. In contrast, the west facade is entirely glass-walled as if it were one huge partitioned window.Immense translucent white polyester curtains in widths of 1.6 m suspended from the top of the structure to the ground floor run along this great « window » to ensure shade in the summer months.Initially conceived as a wall of ivy with a painted copper roof, the vegetalised facade is finally composed of a selection of exotic plants chosen by the botanical artist Patrick Blanc, and extends to cover the roof.It was necessary to determine the structure, the insulation, and the water-tightness of the envelope and resolve some building physics issues in order to receive the necessary support systems, irrigation and fertilisation systems for the plants that are set into a felt support stapled to rigid PVC panels.

600 sqm; (1999-2007)
Client : BOOLY.
Architecture : Partner in charge : B. Vleurick.
Associates : S. Bessalah, B. Darras, Ph. Gaube, I. Hankart, P. Hendrix, A.S. Petit.
Structure : SAGEC for execution.
Services : Samyn and Partners.
Consultant: Wall planting: P. Blanc (Paris)
Text and images from Samyn and Partners

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