24.10.2016 - 31.05.2017
SOLO Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen
The first house was completed three years ago by the Chilean duo Mauricio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen, and the second «second home» by The Belgium architects Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen will inaugurate on April 24th.
Approaching the newest house that is built on a natural plateau, providing its future residents a breath-taking 360º panorama of wilderness, one immediately wonders whether this can be put into the definition of a house at all or whether it needs a new term altogether.
The Office KGDVS project seemingly provides all the basic structural elements: a concrete foundation, (but shaped as a circular "catwalk"), a façade corresponding with the three inhabited segments (but perforated and with the feature to be shifted around the circumference if needed), a simple flat roof supported by four rows made up of nine columns which cut chords from the circular base (but with all technical infrastructure - photovoltaic panels, water tanks and generators - exposed as though sculptural objects), and a set of furniture (but all directly connected to the supporting columns). In this project all conventions are questioned and then given a solid new answer.
The overall 1.600 m2 surface includes a 1050 m2 patio garden with a natural carved pool and three segments living room, master bedroom and guest room, each 60m2. It is at once discrete and imposing, ceremonial and sparse, open and introvert, transparent and opaque, luxurious and austere.
As the architects once explained, the Solo House II is an exercise in making architecture out of pure devices. Some of these devices have been specially conceived by chosen others: the textures for the roof objects by painter Pieter Vermeersch, the mobile stool-lamp hybrids by artists Richard Venlet or the iconic mesh Chaise Longue by designers Muller Van Severen (WireS), all inspired by the curvatures of the house. Undoubtedly, hedonists will admire this project, specially those who can identify themselves with the motto "low resolution at it's best".
Realizing that more needs to be said, it's still probably the most adequate characterisation of this unique and outstanding construction.