Facade Focus: Brick
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For this street-side facade, seven tall, slim windows are screened by DMVA Architects calls “knitted” bricks. “In this part of Belgium, 90 percent of the houses are built with brick,” says lead architect Tom Verschueren. “It’s a classic material that we tried to use in House BVA in a totally different way.” Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

For the street side, brown bricks were selected to match the roof tiles, presenting a monochrome look relieved only by the red door frame. Because of the couple’s low budget, the interior is plain and unadorned, with concrete floors and white walls, but a bright red glass hallway linking the street to the garden adds a warm, dramatic touch.

“The garden is big and the family puts their bikes there, so they needed an access corridor,” explains Verschueren. “Building a wall seemed a pity. Red glass is a wall that’s not a wall, and it also adds atmosphere.”

The facade of a house in Belgium consists of "knitted bricks."

“In this part of Belgium, 90 percent of the houses are built with brick,” says architect Tom Verschueren. “It’s a classic material that we tried to use in House BVA in a totally different way.”

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Project: House BVA
Architect: dmvA Architecten
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