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Architect's house in Ghent, Belgium

Luc Van de Steene

For my own home, in architectural terms I wanted a revolutionary, or maybe even a utopian note, free from any limitations that a client might impose.

In my designs, I generally give the house front façades a closed look for privacy. With these horizontal windows, however, I wanted to create as wide a visual range as possible, but the south-facing front façade needed sun protection so the windows were set back deeply. Consequently for the construction, it was necessary to ensure water tightness all around the openings, which is why I decided to design the whole façade as a breakwater.

Copper is such a beautiful metal that I couldn't resist using it as covering. Thanks to the light and to patination, the authentic façade keeps changing, and copper is very much a weatherproof material. 

Copper is also used as roof covering, which means I could give the roof a very original shape. 

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Building

Owner: 
Luc Van de Steene
Completion date: 
2011
Country: 
Belgium
Zip code: 
9000
City: 
Ghent
Street: 
Tuinwijklaan 70
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Facades/panels
Type of building: 
Residential
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Luc Van de Steene

Copper contractors

Title: 
Cu Zn Dakwerken n.v.
Address & description: 
Alfred Nichelsstraat 47 9300 AALST

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