Kaarten schudden

The recent renovation hits the ceiling on the first floor. For now it leaves the attic and the roof untouched be what they are: a big, dusty space under an old roof structure. But there are always treasures on the attic; the chimneys, a voluminous space, snugly under the hood, perhaps looking over other houses, perhaps catching the evening glow that’s tilting obliquely into the street. Let’s also limit the budget and look at the house as a whole: how are we going to live in the house?

The house like a deck of cards, two renovated stories below, attic is trump. The cards are shuffled, the architectural spaces remain what they are, but the functions of a classic house are turned upside down. The upside-down-house in which we sleep, dress and wash ourselves downstairs, cook and eat on the first floor and in which we live in the crown of the house. Ascending in the house is transcending from the most private to the least private room. The living room, open and snug under the roof. We’re standing in the tilted bay window, the person-sized windows opened, peering into the street, over the street. All in the glow of what is just now becoming the evening.

New roof and attic-interior with tilted person-sized window directed westwards.

Ledeberg, Ghent

Not executed

street view  

traditional order of functions  

shuffling cards  

ground floor  

floor +1