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Architects: Steinmetz De Meyer
Location: Altwies, Luxembourg
Photographs: Catherine Thiry
Preserve the existing façade was the first priority of this project not only because of the promise made to the former owners but also because the new landlords cared not to sweep the past away. In addition, this facade stood conveniently at a short but certainly benefit distance from the road. However, this particular configuration had certain requirements. In parallel, knowledge and passion of the contractor for Japanese architecture and traditions fed the reflections on the project.
First, it was necessary to develop the project in height to go and reach the views and light. Then, from the first floor, dislodged and articulated volumes create outdoor spaces adjusted to the different functions of the house. The outdoor areas are all additional parts that enhance the experience of the home. Thus a patio has its place behind the old facade, a covered terrace under the volume of the master bedroom adjoins the living rooms, and the roof turns into a terrace.
Every available surface of the ground floor is used. It includes the lobby, an office and a utility room benefiting from natural light through the windows of the existing façade. As for the cellar and boiler room, they find their place in the bottom plot in the dark at the foot of the rock. Two bedrooms and a bathroom fill the first floor. Each of these rooms enjoys a direct access to the patio at the same level.
At the second floor, the ensemble living / dining-room / kitchen dissociates itself from the existing façade as a glass volume overhanging to the south. A covered terrace near the rock is accessible from the kitchen. The master bedroom with dressing and bathroom peaks at the 3rd floor of the house. It enjoys the south-facing and views of the forest and a roof terrace with its privileged southern exposure, height and setback from the neighborhood and the street.
The exterior and interior spaces meet in the same scale ratio. The original façade, the rock and the two party walls are therefore no longer obstacles but the guardians of the universe within the project.