KOTO Residences / NOTAN OFFICE
Textual content description supplied by the architects. Located on the thoroughfare of Côteaux Road inside Schaerbeek’s city material, this enterprise unfolds amidst a densely woven metropolitan tapestry. The endeavor stakes its declare upon a parcel beforehand housing street-fronting garages. The endeavor encompasses the development of 4 distinct abodes, alongside an adjunct workspace.
Côteaux Road, a thoroughfare characterised by its numerous socioeconomic strata and architectural eclecticism, entwines a large number of kinds and volumetric configurations. Our intervention aligns with the axial trajectory of Philomène Road, thus reaping the advantages of an unobstructed vista and optimum photo voltaic orientation. Therefore, a panoramic vista extends forth, inviting contemplation of the location’s potential and forging a compelling city interaction between the challenge’s essence and its ambient environment.
With the aspiration to each foreground this latent potential and grant the denizens dominion over the courtyard and backyard milieu, the street-facing edifice ascends, partaking in direct dialogue with the thoroughfare. Concurrently, a secondary quantity nestled throughout the inner enclave cleaves the backyard expanse, demarcating two distinct realms: a non-public rear patio and a communal central backyard. Inside the anterior edifice, a duet of two-bedroom flats and a four-bedroom duplex discover their abode, whereas the nucleus accommodates a three-bedroom duplex along side a workspace. Thus, the challenge is distinguished by its heterogeneity of features and typologies, entwined with an unwavering allegiance to the general public realm and the plot’s intrinsic disposition.
City assimilation. A facade wielding such a commanding spatial narrative warrants a reciprocal architectural rejoinder. Thus, the edifice stands as each a pivotal juncture and a resolute datum, orchestrating the angle. Participating in a dialectical alternate with its angular counterparts throughout the best way, the facade derives its aesthetic trajectory instantly from the constructed surroundings. Distinctly lighter in its materiality than its environs, it imparts a subtler aesthetic cadence, thereby affording the neighboring buildings the freedom to take care of their preeminent architectural vernacular.
Multifarious typologies, a unified panoply. KOTO amalgamates a various pantheon of typological constructs right into a harmonious complete. Dwellings spanning two, three, and 4 bedrooms, alongside knowledgeable enclave, are judiciously dispersed throughout a bifurcated quantity, orchestrating an ensemble of succinct coherence. Within the crucible of an city milieu marked by density and constrained by the exigencies of a diminutive parcel, the challenge’s perspicacity is manifest in its capability to proffer a particular microcosm, ingeniously tethered by a collective expanse. Facilitated by the constructed quantity nestled throughout the courtyard precinct — a domicile paired with an workplace — the shared exterior expanse turns into a traversed tapestry of communal habitation.
Versatile, adaptive. The plan’s inherent rationality and the structural schema’s adaptability conspire to engender a spatial paradigm able to accommodating the evolving wants of its occupants. At its core, a purposeful nucleus homes the gamut of home facilities: circulation nodes, bathing sanctuaries, culinary services, and extra, emancipating the facades to entertain a kaleidoscope of spatial configurations. Be it a solitary chamber, a dual-chamber suite, a traverse-oriented dwelling milieu, an indirect spatial schema, or an orientation that both courts the backyard or the road vista — the challenge engenders a panorama of habitation prospects.