Gallery: Chalkboard-Skinned Belgian Passivhaus is a Playground for Neig...

This unique chalkboard-clad Passivhaus in Brussels, Belgium turns a clutch of traditional design notions on their head -- from its fabric skin, to its glass interior, to its very unique approach to curbside appeal. BLAF Architecten subtly invigorated the potential of Passivhaus design while creating a front yard that asks all the neighborhood kids to come over and play. Remarkable energy performance and a 3.7 kW solar array make the home an exquisite example of sustainable design.

The most eye-catching aspect of the modern home is its front yard — a basketball court, activity area, and chalkboard facade provide a playground for a neighborhood full of kids. The idea came as a way to mix public and private space, resulting in a much more family friendly neighborhood.


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