Huis aan’t laar
Huis aan’t laar

Huis aan’t laar


This center for assisted living is located in a clearing of a small forest in Zoersel, a village on the outskirts of the city of Antwerp (Belgium). Its irregularly sinuous floor plan follows the positions of the trees, in an endeavor to endow the building’s interior with beautiful views, and its facade clad with wooden boards is an at once pragmatic and poetic reflection of the surroundings.

These boards are made of Siberian larchwood, the already good resistance to humidity of which was improved upon by means of a thermohardening treatment, specifically through the superficial scorching of the pieces. Drawing inspiration from houses built by the architect Teronobu Fujimori, which in turn take from the carbonization techniques used in traditional Japanese construction, the thermohardening process involved putting the lumber in a special inert atmosphere chamber, with very little oxygen, at a temperature range of 240-260ºC and for periods of time ranging from 8 to 72 hours, depending on the particular species of wood, how it had been cut, and the special properties desired. The result is an altogether modified timber, charred, darker in color, less hygroscopic, and more naturally durable.

Obra Work

Huis aan’t laar / Centro de discapacitados Home for disabled people in Zoersel (Belgium).

Superficie construida Floor area

1.320 m².

Presupuesto Budget

1.180.000 euros.

Fecha Date


Cliente Client

Vzw Monnikenkeide.

Arquitectos Architects

51N4E Partners / Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn, Peter Swinnen,

Colaboradores Collaborators

Karel Verstraeten, Jan Opdekamp, Aline Neirynck, Paul Steinbrück.

Consultor de estructuras Structural consultant

BAS / Dirk Jaspaert,; All-Ingineering,

Consultor de instalaciones MEP consultant

Henk Pijpaert.

Contratista principal Main contractor

Menbo Bouwbedrijf NV,

Fabricantes de madera Wood suppliers

Warener Baugesellschaft,

Ventanas Windows: 


Fotos Photos

Filip Dujardin.