Denis Dujardin & K2A
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K2A is an innovative office created thanks to the complicity of two architects, Stéphane KERVYN et Federico ALEGRIA, with diverse international backgrounds. The projects result from a close dialogue and participation between the clients and those involved in their elaboration, from the city council to the construction worker. The architects and designers in the office continuously work with inventive consultants offering creative solutions to specific issues. They are dedicated to design excellence and strive to contribute positively to the human environment. The office specializes in architecture, interior design, urban planning and strategic programming. Located in Brussels, K2A works on various types of buildings in Belgium and other neighboring countries.
In this prestigious and vibrant part of the city, there was once 2 very narrow houses that were in poor condition. They were exploited by an owner who would indiscriminately rent out individual rooms to students who desperately needed cheap accommodation. The units were minimally maintained, with little or no isolation, etc. Some units were in the basement. The project consisted in uniting the 2 houses. The front façade, a beautiful 19th century brick façade belonging to a row of similar houses was restored and was essentially left untouched. The big façade however was opened generously to embrace the garden facing south.
The typology of the existing houses was generally respected while taking advantage of its new width to offer generous, luminous spaces.