House and workshop for a sculptor by RAAMWERK + Van Gelder Tilleman Architects

A living and work space with both privacy and generosity

Project Specs


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House and workshop for a sculptor. The challenge of the project was to built a house and a workshop on a corner lot with limited space. A closed off, but well oriented outdoor space arises by separating both volumes on the plot. The paved outdoor area provides a place to work at sculptures in stone. A shifted position on the plot provides adequate privacy but also opens up some chosen views on the surroundings. Workshop and house each have their own spatial proportions, but they share the same idiom. The two structures are slightly different, but have the same formal language.

▼建筑外观,exterior view

▼两座体量的分隔带来了封闭却拥有良好朝向的户外空间,a closed off, but well oriented outdoor space arises by separating both volumes on the plot



The architectural language refers to a vernacular composition of elements : masonry walls bear concrete beams. The concrete beams support wooden beams. The façade is defined by the rhythm of the wooden beams that forms a frieze. In the architecture of the Greek antiquity the frieze refers to the wooden structure of the primitive hut. The ornament is an abstraction of the structure. The visible ends of beams in the house and workshop are ornaments in the facade and provide insight into the structure of the interior spaces.

▼房梁形成的装饰性条带为建筑立面赋予了节奏感,the façade is defined by the rhythm of the wooden beams that forms a frieze


The concrete layers divide the brick walls and articulate the internal organisation of space. The walls are made in used brick with articulated bulging joints. This create a tactile surface which captures light and shadow. Chalk is added to the mortar to give the joints a more white color. The desired color and texture are the result of making on site samples of brickwork. (Actually we tried a few experiments ourselves to find a good result)

▼建筑语言参考了具有当地特征的构成元素,the architectural language refers to a vernacular composition of elements

▼墙壁使用回收的砖材以溢出式的粘合方法搭建而成,the walls are made in used brick with articulated bulging joints


The precast concrete units are made on site, in a white cement based concrete to match the colour of the masonry joints. The bricks are recuperated from an old demolished factory building in the neighbourhood. To achieve the wall texture we asked the masons to let the mortar bulge out between the stones. Then they used a dry brush or their hands instead of a trowel to remove the redundant mortar on the joints. This required a specific sensitivity and skill from the masons to achieve a consistent result for the whole building.

▼灰泥溢出于砖块之间,以实现粗糙的纹理,to achieve the wall texture, the mortar was bulged out between the stones


Inside, the house and workshop creates a centrifugal circuit of rooms around a central core. The spatial flow of rooms follows the rhythm of the occupant. The circulation is done in a functional manner with a minimum loss of useful space. Each room has its own identity through the different changing light , views and variety in length and width.

▼工作室内部,interior of the workshop

▼房梁间的窗户带来舒适采光,workshop is pleasantly illuminated by windows between the beams

▼用于雕塑创作的宽阔场地,the wide space for sculpture making



The upper rooms and workshop are pleasantly illuminated. The light reflects on the whitewashed plywood ceilings and beams . The seemingly closed facades each generate light and open interiors. The interior material pallet consist of a natural sand/lime render, polished concrete and white oiled plywood and beams. The lime render is mixed with fine sand and an amount of marble dust which results in a rougher texture and a subtle variation in colour. The walls stay unpainted.

▼起居空间,living space


▼楼梯间,stair well




▼首层平面图,ground floor plan

▼二层平面图,first floor plan

▼南北立面图,south and north elevations

▼西立面及剖面图,west elevation and section

▼东立面及剖面图,east elevation and section

Freek Dendooven (RAAMWERK)
Gijs De Cock (RAAMWERK)
Peter Van Gelder (Van Gelder Tilleman)
Location: Mariakerke (Gand)
Completion date: 2015
Project Team:
Client: Klaar Cornelis
Structural Engineer: Engitop
Services Engineer: none
Quantity Surveyor: none
Project Manager: none
Landscape Architects: none
Main Contractor: de meiboom bvba
Windows & Doors Supplier: Wanzeele NV
Photographer: ©Stijn Bollaert ©Freek Dendooven ©Gijs De Cock

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