In the dunes of Oostduinkerke-Bad on the Belgian coast, architect Koen Steenkiste built a house that immediately evokes the image of a boat.
Single-family house in the dunes, Oostduinkerke-Bad, Belgium
Koen Steenkiste, Koksijde
Owner and occupier
Dakwerken Dewulf-Treve, Merkem
Pottelberg Plain Tile 301 smooth, braised blue
Single-family hous in Oostduinkerke-Bad
Single-family house in Oostduinkerke-Bad
The shape of the roof, immediately recognisable as an upturned boot, is in fact also born out of circumstances. The client wanted to have three bedrooms and a spacious bathroom on the first floor, but that turned out to be no sinecure. A first floor was only allowed on the rectangular part of the ground floor, and in addition the cornice could not be lower than 3.5 metres. Consequently, the architect was unable to fit the extensive programme under an ordinary pitched roof. The only solution consisted of an arched roof, which did offer enough free space to accommodate all the facilities. It also meant that two terraces could be installed on the projecting organic part.
The large round dormer window was covered with pre-patinated zinc because a covering with clay roof tiles was virtually impossible here. To give the whole building an optical unity, the bay on the garden side and the complete cornice were finished with the same zinc. The uniform colour of the first floor contrasts nicely with the façades of the ground floor, which are covered in sandy-coloured facing brick that blends well with the surrounding dunes.
Expectations and demands are high, the wish list is long. This presents architects and clients with complex challenges. In consideration of the demands and expectations relating to quality of living, indoor climate, health and energy-efficiency, bricks, clay blocks and roof tiles prove to be very valuable building materials.