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Villa Sigma


Located in Rupelmonde, in a park of 3.5 hectares on the banks of the river Schelde, a dynamic sculpture comprises a villa with office space and a maisonette. By interpreting it as a bridge-like structure, since the ground is in floodplain, residents enjoy spectacular panoramic views over a nature reserve, while they dominate their entire property. The flowing shape of the building renders the logical structural answer to the bridge concept.

The client wants to attract passers-by’s attention, without having to compromise privacy. Because of this, we have chosen to give it the overall appearance of a closed volume. Furthermore, it’s a fact that through the choice of a bridge concept, on the one hand an actual connection with the upper historic town center was achieved, and on the other hand it creates a gate-like typology, whereby the house is equipped with a large carport. On one leg you have a connection with the pond and garden. The other one accommodates the daughter’s apartment, opening onto an upper alley.

The overall form is determined not only by emotional choices, but also by technical, structural and organizational aspects.

Between the two legs, the body hovers and cantilevers towards the pond. Being inside, one experiences continuous transitions from low, wide spaces to towering light shafts. The extremities are open, yet are provided with large vertical lamellae. These guarantee its closed and impenetrable character from certain viewpoints, while offering stunning views towards the park and beyond.

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