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TYPOLOGY

The typology of the existing workers dwelling has been copied in this construction: the large free height of the ground level was retained, just as in the demolished building. In this way the house fits in it`s surroundings.

On the other hand, this typology is being pushed to the limit. Seen from the front elevation, the ground level is being externalized in a simple, yet monolithic plinth, with only the dimensions of the entrance door referring to the neighbours.

Once above this level a pattern, consisting of clay pan cladding weaves the elevation and the roof to one whole. De elevation pattern refers to the rich history of Sint-Niklaas as an industrial city, with an great amount of expertise in cotton weaving.

At the same time, the elevations anticipate the contraposition between front and back elevation. While the front elevation is adorned with a showy pattern of clay tiles, the back elevation is wrapped in dark slates.



ORGANISATION

The internal organization of the house is a result of the narrowness of the plot the spaces have been linked in the depth of the parcel, with the staircase as a central element.

The bedroom on the first floor is connected with agreen roof, framing the view on the centre of Sint-Niklaas with it`s cathedral. Living as it were in the shadow of the spire.


SUSTAINABILITY

Special attention was payed to the consequent use of sustainable and ecological materials and techniques.
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