This passive house design has both a solid, yet meet-and-greet style and lively green doors and windows that say welcome.
The Leeuw House, designed by NU Architectuuratelier is an interesting construction, to say the least.
Situated in scenic Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium, this home is not only unique looking it is also a model of energy efficiency. Its bold form does follow the volume of the adjacent structures, but its design was selected to best capture heat.
Though it does boldly stand out among its countryside neighbors, the interesting exterior façade is completely refreshing.
The darker finish helps to absorb warmth and strategic metal placement was used in order to stop excess heat loss. Commonly applied in commercial constructions, the architects designed the exterior with sandwich panels of metal that are positioned away from the structure and act as an extra barrier to seal in warmth.
To protect the building from wind and cold the north facing perimeter of the residence is fairly closed up.
The house operates mainly on stored and released heat and provides a comfortable internal temperature. Neatly shaped and smartly positioned windows help to keep heat loss to a minimum while allowing ample sunlight and ventilation inside.
The overhang that runs the length of the entrance provides protection from the elements without obstructing the view from the full length windows.
The interior is crisp and modern. Though mostly exposed, half walls and well laid out areas give a sense of privacy.
Well organized family zones and functional pieces provide each area with its own distinct room space.
It is often hard to attain a sense of warmth in a minimalist space, but with an open floor plan, artful touches and grassy pasture views this home feels calm and lived in.
The Leeuw House definitely breaks out of the mold of the expected and predictable presentation and wakes up the neighborhood.
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