This farmhouse is a renovation project that has transformed an 18th century house and horse stables into a modern single family home in Lennik, Belgium. It was from that Studio Farris based in Antwerp, designed in 2013. A renovated country house, that retains its rustic charm.
Renovated country house in Lennik, Belgium
Studio Farris architects were commissioned to transform the house and stables from an 18th century farm in Lennik, a small town in an agricultural area near Brussels, into a single family home. The family’s desire was to get as much natural light in the house as possible while keeping its authentic charm. Giuseppe Farris opted for a box-in-box system to avoid possible chemical reactions with sulfates in the floor and walls of the old farmhouse. This system also ensures the energy efficiency of the house.
Renovated country house with a new look
To get the necessary amount of natural light in each room, a concept was used that is often seen in old farms in the area – windows and doors are bricked up and cut out in a pragmatic way, giving the facade a whimsical patchwork of old and represents new scars. Typological elements are reinterpreted throughout the house. The fireplace, which is 6 meters high, is the heart of the house. The front yard was designed to connect the farmhouse with its outbuildings. The backyard is a patchwork of pragmatic forms and typological materials.
Glass windows embedded in the brick facade
small round pond behind the house
Pool and small terrace
open living area with a view of the backyard
white high gloss kitchen