Hill House

Duisburg, BE / 2010-2013
In collaboration with Jan de Moffarts

This house is set on a hilly terrain in Duisburg, a community in the agricultural outskirts of Brussels. The traditional gable roof, an urbanistic requirement for this area, usually creates rather introverted volumes. In this project it was inverted and turned, re-defining its qualities. With the highest points at the volumes' corners and the lowest in the centre, the house opens up to the surrounding landscape. Combined with the sloping terrain, this creates a double high living space on the garden side, and a split-level with mansarde bedroom on the street. Both inside and out, the roof is the protagonist. Constructed as a series of straight beams set at different angles, it creates a curved and ever-changing surface. Under this untreated wood surface, the interior organisation is designed as a continuous spatial experience, with all main spaces laid out in a door-less spiral pattern around a central core, ending in a ladder to a rooftop terrace. The built-in furniture further enhances the interior's continuity, creating functional 'rooms' under the roof's surface while allowing for diagonal see-throughs.

Photos © Robert Schlotter