House on the outskirts of Brussels
by Samyn and Partners

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House on the outskirts of Brussels by Samyn and Partners

This house near Brussels by architects Samyn and Partners has a glass wall at the front and a plant-covered wall by French botanical artist Patrick Blanc at the back.

House in the outskirts of Brussels by Samyn and Partners

Blanc, who is widely regarded as the pioneer of the green wall, created the flourishing facade and roof from a selection of exotic plants.

House in the outskirts of Brussels by Samyn and Partners

Completed in 2007, the four-storey house is both a home and workplace for a cinematographer and his family.

House in the outskirts of Brussels by Samyn and Partners

A deep furrow circling the house provides a glimpse down to another row of windows, revealing the basement studios below.

House in the outskirts of Brussels by Samyn and Partners

The fully glazed west elevation exposes the interiors of the ground, first and second floors, but can be screened by a wall of translucent curtains.

House in the outskirts of Brussels by Samyn and Partners

On the ground floor, partitions that separate the kitchen, hallway and family room were once the exterior walls of a single-storey house incorporated into the design.

Photography is by Marie-Françoise Plissart.

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This house for an artist includes the street level of an existing small house. It now houses the entry hall, a family room and a kitchen; the living-room and the stairway are in the extension to the building.

House in the outskirts of Brussels by Samyn and Partners

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The second 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 will lead to the glassed-wall facade.

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The house 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.

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It is planned that Immense translucid white polyester curtains in widths of 1.6 m suspended from the top of the structure to the ground floor would run along this great « window »  to ensure shade in the summer months.

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Initially conceived as a wall of ivy with a patinated 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.

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We had to design the structure, the insulation, and the water-tightness of the envelope and resolve the 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.

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600 m², Nov. 1999 – June 2007; (01/390)

House in the outskirts of Brussels by Samyn and Partners

Services
Landscaping.
Architecture.
Interior architecture.
Structural engineering, in collaboration with Sagec.
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineering, in collaboration with FTI.
Quantity surveying.
Project management.
Construction site management.

  • http://www.frederikhyldig.dk Anonymous

    The plant-covered walls are amazing!

  • http://www.deloprojet.com delo

    Walls covered with green plants are beginning to this generalizing can be that this type of recovery will help not to use the air conditioning, and thereby reduce a significant energy consumption.

    • http://tropecohouse.com carrie

      The spec to my architect was ‘no aircon’ here in Thailand. The ‘green walls’ would be fantastic too. Everything grows like wildfire here. Bit concerned about the humidity crumbling the place after a year or two though.

      Otherwise, love it.

  • dasha

    love the planing, very organised and well utilised curved walls, which sometimes can be dificult to work with…. love the grass wall…!

  • http://www.archispace.com.ua beretta_rapira

    unfortunately this design is suitable only for countries with the mild climate…not for russian occassional -30 degrees in winter!))

  • Hercule Poirot

    Personally I prefere Samyn's early work without this fashionable vertical garden. I think some people have too much money and a bad ecological conscience. They try to compensate their Porsche Cayenne CO2 emissions with some exotic plants. In Brussels by the way…

  • claystephens

    Wow! Fabulous! This takes the vertical garden a step beyond!