The LEUVEN RESIDENTIAL ADDITION is a small renovation of a suburban home in Leuven, Belgium. The addition resolves elevation changes between the main house and the garden level; seamlessly connects the inside and outside with floor to ceiling glazing and a door way onto a shapely, well-lit concrete terrace; and renews the roof structure, both in terms of its functional requirements and giving the space a contemporary feel.

The existing 1960’s expansion at the back of the house had become functionally obsolete, cold and dark. The roof was no longer water proof and the windows overlooking the garden were small. Furthermore, any addition or change to the existing building had to adhere to updates in the local zoning ordinance, which created height restrictions on the addition. The roof is the principle architectonic device to resolve all of these project constraints.

The Prefabricated Steel Roof is one single unit with new insulation and a new water proof membrane installed above. The singular plate rests on three existing walls allowing the façade that opens to the garden to be fully glazed. The steel plate allows a minimal roof structure, with loads in tension due to its reverse curvature. The structural section, with loads greatest in the center of the roof, protrudes into the space, thus allowing the addition to comply with new building height restrictions. At its edges, the roof is thinnest, which maximizes glazing towards the garden and makes a seamless connection between the new lowered floor and the existing level of the hall and kitchen.

The prefabricated steel roof demonstrates ORG’s expertise in advanced manufacturing and digital fabrication. The curvilinear grid shell roof consists of 20 unique steel plate profiles. The profiles were manufactured by a computer controlled water-jet steel cutter, painted and assembled off site in an environmentally controlled warehouse to optimize precision. After completion, it was shipped as two pieces and installed in less than one day. The result is a structurally precise roof that renders a unique quality of light and an elegant interior living environment.

Remarks from the Owner:

The owner, a university professor in materials and process engineering, became particularly enthusiastic for the project due to the combined structural simplicity and aesthetically elegant use of steel:

“Very often, I have to explain to visiting friends that the shape of the
steel roof has a functional origin, and that the aesthetics is rather the

final result.”

In addition, the owner has expressed particular appreciation for the two different floor levels. The floor levels provide a very natural and logical way of combining two functions in one single space:

“In the end, when looking back on the design process and multiple
interactions with ORG, I think there was only one single solution to

comply with all our initial requirements, and somehow ORG has

come to find it. On top of that, my daughters just love to take the 3

stairs down and be submerged in a totally different atmosphere,

watching TV, reading a book or just spotting birds in the garden

through the fully glazed backside.”

Material Manufacturers:

Steel Roof: Gerard Dejardin, Ateliers Melens-Dejardin
Windows & Doors: Reynaers Aluminum

Concrete floor & patio: Heyns Floors bvba

Cabinetry: Custom MDF Ptd. White, Pieter Der Wae

Fire place: Kal-Fire Heat Pure 85 Skamol

Lighting: Lucide, FIX pendants

Furniture: Italia MDF Tense, Vitra, Knoll, Extremis, Moroso

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Modern home with Living Room, Concrete Floor, Ribbon Fireplace, Media Cabinet, Sectional, Sofa, Ceiling Lighting, Wood Burning Fireplace, Coffee Tables, and Shelves. Interior view West Photo  of Leuven Residential AdditionView Photos

Interior view West

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Ceiling Lighting, and Concrete Floor. View from addition interior to outdoor garden Photo 2 of Leuven Residential AdditionView Photos

View from addition interior to outdoor garden

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View from outdoor garden to addition interior

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Interior view East

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Interior view toward breakfast area

Modern home with Outdoor, Flowers, Hardscapes, Garden, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Back Yard, Gardens, Vertical Fences, Wall, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Shrubs, Trees, and Grass. New addition and patio from outdoor garden: the concrete terrace extends into the garden, and receives daylight over the house from the southern sun. Photo 8 of Leuven Residential AdditionView Photos

New addition and patio from outdoor garden: the concrete terrace extends into the garden, and receives daylight over the house from the southern sun.

Modern home with Outdoor, Gardens, Grass, Shrubs, Back Yard, Garden, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Flowers, Trees, Hardscapes, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. New addition from outdoor garden Photo 9 of Leuven Residential AdditionView Photos

New addition from outdoor garden

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Site Plan

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Building Plan

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Building Elevation

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Building Section

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New Roof Concept & Installation

Builder
  • Ateliers Melens-Dejardin
  • Heyns Floors bvba
  • Pieter Der Wae
Photographer
Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
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