In a quiet and green island located in Uccle, the Tillens project proposes the construction of three passive houses. Formerly the Brussels countryside where the local residents already spontaneously cultivated vegetable gardens, the 5 hectares of Tillens today are home to a remarkable fauna and flora.
The development of the Tillens park into a neighbourhood green space is intended to recreate a social dynamic and to induce a participative approach based on community activities.
The volume is fully aligned with the neighbouring house and is in harmony with the surrounding volumes, thus announcing the end of the path and the beginning of the interior landscape of the block.
Each of them has 142m² of floor space with 3 bedrooms. In order to dialogue with the surrounding context, the project proposes windows aligned in height and form a predominantly vertical ensemble. The alleyway facades are marked by wooden frames and spandrels and punctuated by dormer windows.
The 3 houses are clad with white matt enamelled bricks, assuming the filiation with its older sisters. Particular attention has been paid to the relationship between the ground floor and the pathway by creating a recess in the facade serving both as a functional space (bicycle garage) and as a space for interaction with the park in relation to the house via the kitchen. To do this, this space is privatized by a custom-made metal curtain.
This proposal plays on the perception of the boundaries between the public and private spheres, between a place of interaction and individuality, in the image of the Tillens square.