Named soon after a nearby strongman, Hercule is a concrete-and-glass property that tends to make the most of a tiny sloping website in Mondorf-les-Bains in the south of Luxembourg.
The name of the property is a nod to nearby hero Johann Grün, identified as the Luxembourg Hercules, who rose to fame in the late 19th century. The architecture studio explained the decision as a reference to the “robust strength” of the concrete structure and its bold kind in a reasonably conventional neighbourhood.
The couple that commissioned the property inherited the steep plot, which is sandwiched involving a farmhouse and a standard Luxembourg suburban household.
“The wife felt that the system they have been hunting for demanded a huge property, but that the plot would not let for it and she clearly hinted at not wanting a property of the proportions of a standard Luxembourgish suburban property,” explained Philippe Nathan, founder of 2001.
2001’s answer was to take benefit of the topography and create into the slope, generating a 446-square-metre constructing that methods down more than 3 levels.
The property is entered from the lowest level, which is nearly invisible from the street. This floor has the biggest region and includes the communal, family members spaces. The focal point is the open-program 14-metre-by-six-metre kitchen, dining and living region that faces onto an enclosed patio at the side of the property. A garage and a tiny health club and wine cellar also occupy this level.
The master bedroom, two single bedrooms and bathrooms occupy the upper two levels, which protrude up from the website to give the impression of a a lot more compact, concrete and glass constructing.
The structure had to be produced of waterproof concrete due to huge quantity of groundwater on the website. Nathan described the living region as “generally a submarine” produced of concrete.
Concrete was also utilised to develop the 14-metre beam that supports the upper structure of the property and creates a strong facade above the living region. The road and garden-facing facades are glazed, and the final side mixes glass and concrete with a series of image windows.
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The architects decided to make the structural concrete an aesthetic function of the property, either polishing it or leaving the raw wood-plank marks from the forming method, based on the space in which it was getting utilised.
“The bathroom is split from the other spaces by way of a glass in which we integrated a metal textile, as a result functioning as ‘spy glass’, enabling light transmission and views from the private spaces into the shared places,” explained Nathan.
Neighborhood oak was utilised to develop the shower floor, doors and bespoke fitted furnishings in the children’s bedrooms.
It took nine months of operating with the nearby authorities to achieve permission for the constructing. “Various modifications they insisted on through the method, like for instance sloping the perimeter walls of the patio in order to match precisely the organic incline of the plot, undoubtedly strengthen the architecture,” Nathan told Dezeen.
“Most importantly, the property appears to have an effect on a bigger scale and is certified by some as a paradigm shift for constructing culture in Luxembourg, which is either ‘fairly traditional’ or ‘fairly expressive’.”
Founded by Nathan in 2010, with Sergio Cavalho joining as a companion in 2014, 2001 is primarily based in Luxembourg. The architecture studio has previously featured in the Luxembourg pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and is presently operating on many housing projects in the nation as nicely as a garage for a vehicle collector and a healthcare centre.
Other examples of homes exactly where concrete structures have been utilised to negotiate a complex website include things like a not too long ago completed household by London firm Carmody Groarke, which is slotted inside a Victorian warehouse.
Photography is by Maxime Delvaux.