Program 2021

Guided tour / Flexibility

Karper House

Team: Hé! architects

In this private residence, natural building materials and features were used wherever possible. The timber-framed roof construction was insulated with bales of straw provided by a Brussels farmer. Clay plaster, comprising sand, clay and displaced soil from earthworks on construction sites across Brussels, was used to plaster the walls. The kitchen furniture was made of the same material, this time by tamping the clay to give it a layered appearance. Large parts of the interior of the house, such as the walls and floor platforms, have a modular design, meaning that they can be taken down (and if necessary reassembled) if there is a change in family circumstances.

The project's use of natural and local building materials is still quite unusual, as the majority of new buildings and renovations use products that are manufactured on an industrial scale and shipped to multiple countries. The house thus brings together, in a very small space, an impressive collection of materials that can serve as inspiration for a different and innovative approach to construction – one involving less waste and more reuse of materials, in keeping with the short-supply-chain economy (see also the Circularium project).

Visits on Sunday 17.10.2021 at 12:00 and 13:00 will be given by the architect.

The Covid Safe Ticket applies.

©Tim Van de Velde

Dates

Saturday 16 October 2021
11:00 → 11:45 (en)
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Saturday 16 October 2021
12:00 → 12:45 (nl)
● full

Saturday 16 October 2021
13:00 → 13:45 (fr)
● full

Saturday 16 October 2021
14:00 → 14:45 (fr)
● full

Sunday 17 October 2021
11:00 → 11:45 (en)
● full

Sunday 17 October 2021
12:00 → 12:45 (nl)
● full

Sunday 17 October 2021
13:00 → 13:45 (fr)
● full

Sunday 17 October 2021
15:00 → 16:00 (fr)
● full

Address of the visit

Rue de la Carpe/Karperstraat 51
1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean/Sint-Jans-Molenbeek

Practical informations

Child-friendly
WC Access