The Corten House's Steel Material Informs Its Design

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Nov 5, 2014
References: dmoa.be & dezeen
DMOA Architecten designed the 'Corten House,' a residence located in a suburban area of Antwerp, Belgium, with oxidized steel lamellae.

The material choice influenced the home's design. The steel was first welded onto perforated metal sheets, then installed vertically as a series of tall posts around the facade, creating a protective screen around the house. The posts extend away from the house, giving it a dynamic, three dimensional appearance. Architect Matthias Mattelaer explains that the material had to be "whole" without being closed off. He says, "It had to be a hybrid material [that] let light in, g[ave] views to the outside world [and] mark[ed] a boundary."

The posts extend across the windows on the upper levels of the home, providing privacy and sun protection.