Farmhouse Renovation in Lennik, Belgium
The Farmhouse was completed in 2013 by the Antwerp based architects Studio Farris. This project included the renovation of an 18th century house and stables. The resulting contemporary home beautifully blends rustic and modern styles.
Photos By: Tim Van de Velde
Farmhouse in Lennik, Belgium, details by Studio Farris:
“Studio Farris architects was commissioned to convert both house and stables of an 18th century farm located in Lennik, a small town in an agricultural area close to Brussels, into a single family house.
The family’s wish was to get as much natural light as possible to enter the house while maintaining its authentic charm.
Giuseppe Farris opted for a box-in-box system to avoid any chemical reactions with sulphates in the ground and walls of the original farm. this system also takes care of the energy-efficiency of the house.
To provide each room with the necessary amount of natural light, a concept that is often seen in old farms around the area was applied: windows and doors are bricked up and cut out in a pragmatic way, making the façade a whimsical patchwork of old and new scars.
Typological fragments are reinterpreted throughout the house. The fireplace, which is a 6 meter (20 foot) high, suspended steel construction, is the heart of the house.
The front garden was designed to connect the farmhouse and its outbuildings.
The backyard is a patchwork of pragmatic shapes in typological materials that enhance the experience of the surroundings.”