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House Kempeneers: a modern fortress


This project is situated in the rural area of Eastern Belgium. The ground floor takes a vast area of 350 m2, but it enclosures open outdoor spaces within its walls. The entire planning of the Kempeneers house is orientated from the outside envelope towards the interior spaces. The house is not exposed to its surroundings, quite the opposite – it looks like a modern fortress.

The walls are covered with a grey brickwork, which makes the appearance of the house even stricter. and I wouldn’t call the few visible openings in the outer walls really friendly.

Despite such a ‘closed’ artistic philosophy, the horizontally stretched volume of the house somehow corresponds to the character of the landscape – it seems to be still and reliable, just like the outline of the house.




The most exciting thing about the interior of the building is the staircase. It is scary and exciting at the same time and is really not for the faint of hearts. I love floating staircases and this one is simply wonderful! Whatever you do, don’t close your eyes…

The stairs lead to the first floor which is approx. 120 m2. and as you’ve already guessed from the appearance of the stairs, the rest of the interior space is also performed in a very minimalistic style.









* More info at kla architectuur

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2 thoughts on “House Kempeneers: a modern fortress

  1. Knifemouth

    these stairs are perfect. children, far less so.

    nothing reacting toward individual printrunner- more that too often I see this on blogs and elsewhere: always the architect and/or designer is judged, the work considered limited in some fashion because they are not deemed safe for children.

    the presumption of inevitable children for every person and structure is bad, limiting.

    far too many people and not nearly enough beautiful architecture.


    You are right. Staircases play an important role in completing the whole interior design of a house. I am not a fan of this kind of floating staircases since I think it won’t be safe if you live with younger kids. This design is definitely appropriate for bachelors. 🙂


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