Belgian architectural firm DMOA Architecten put a clever spin Corten steel in this three-story house located in Antwerp, Belgium. Named after the brand of pre-rusted steel, the Corten House shows how vertically oriented steel dividers can define indoor and outdoor space, as well as create a sense of enclosure while maintaining porosity. The house is particularly beautiful at dusk, when the Corten material glows a red, rusty hue and the steel dividers cast a pattern of shadows.
DMOA Architecten’s Corten House is a great case study in how it’s possible to use the same material both inside and outside of a building without creating a monotonous effect. The building is clad in a perforated metal plate with glazed openings, to which the architects welded the Corten lamellae to give the facade a more textured appearance. The steel dividers are also attached to the windows at uneven intervals to provide privacy and protection from the sun.
The tall Corten dividers are continued in the landscape as fencing material, and are irregularly spaced to create visual interest. A large sheet of Corten steel is used as the gate of the garage. The waste materials from the perforated steel plates were also used to create a floor around a ginkgo tree in the outdoor patio. The vertical motif is mirrored in the interior, where thin wooden dividers are used.
Images via DMOA Architecten