Curved walls and flowing lines in OOA's Villa MQ
Belgian Office O Architects completed a project that is very untypical for them - untypical in the sense that the Villa MQ is less conceptual-based than their other works. Commissioned by a family with two children, the architects were given no restrictions regarding the design, apart from the owners’ wish to live in “something special” - so the OOA team simply let things flow.
This sense of newly found organicity is very much traceable in the building’s final shape. Sculptural forms and undulating walls characterise the Villa that is minimal and surprising at the same time. Since the construction plot is located in a rather characterless suburban street of the town Tremelo, the street facade is kept simple and closed, and the more dramatic design choices are oriented towards the large garden.
With building restrictions kept in mind, the conventional form-language of basic building structures were completely disregarded: curved walls, different ceiling heights, and unconventional lighting system originating from those create a truly atmospheric interior. The key twist of the structure is the ‘waist’, the central circulation area that connects the 5 split levels. That space manages to keep the structure ‘human’ in scale, while is responsible for the overall dramatic impression of the house.
Photos: Tim Van de Velde
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