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Located in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, Graafjansdijk House by Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects | The Hardt
Located in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, Graafjansdijk House by Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects. In the 9th century, the Graafjansdijk (dike) protected parts of France and Belgium against the storm tides from the North Sea and the Western part of the river Schelde. Currently, only a short strip of this dike remains in the rural surroundings of the seaside village of Knokke, near the border with Holland. Across the road from the Graafjansdijk is the narrow plot, enclosed by an adjacent moat on the north side. The terrain overlooks an open meadow. This geographical context has a major impact on how the design of the villa was perceived. The ground level of the villa fully occupies the narrow terrain, apart from a small inner garden on the north side. It is completely wrapped in barn-wood alongside the road, hiding the garage and creating a private atmosphere for the bedrooms. This materialization produces a solid plinth contrasting with the transparent volume on an upper floor. This subordinate upper volume, containing the living room and kitchen, is made completely out of glass and is a lot smaller than the closed volume underneath. The barn wood wall extends 1 meter above the first level and functions as a railing for the terrace.
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