Lens°ass wins the international Wienerberger Brick Award 2012 for "single-family house".
The Rabbit Hole: Paving brick gives unity from floor to roof
In the category “Single-Family House”, architect Bart Lens impressed
the jury with his project in Gaasbeek, Belgium, titled “The Rabbit
Hole”, which involved the renovation of a half-collapsed brick farmhouse
into a residential area and a veterinary practice. A funnel-shaped
annex was built as an intermediate space between the two buildings. The
main challenge was how to adapt an old farmhouse to meet today’s
residential requirements without destroying its rural character. Bart
Lens: “Brick is used here not only as a construction material, but also
as a concept reinforcing the existing structure. It is the binding
element between the past and the present.” What struck the jury most was
the creation of the intermediate space: “It is really inspiring when
one stands in the public area looking through this newly created passage
where one cannot see what is happening on the other side, so that one
has to leave oneself to be led by the light,” says Plamen Bratkov.
International Brick Award Launched in 2004 the biennial Wienerberger Brick Award recognises innovative and creative brick buildings of international quality and their architects. The globally outstanding buildings constructed using clay products are submitted by international architecture critics and architecture journalists. The worldwide research conducted by these “architecture scouts” helps Wienerberger identify brick buildings that leave a lasting impression. Possible applications range from building solutions with classic wall and façade bricks to the creative use of roof tiles and clay pavers. Special attention is paid to how the building blends naturally into the surroundings as well as to the geometry, personality and quality of the building and its lighting conditions.