“Narrow House” by Brussels-based architect Bassam El-Okeily is a three-storey building in Bilzen, a small city near the eastern border of Belgium. The project, which is a collaborative design with architect Karla Menten, features a dynamic and expressive street facade: a glass-encased layer of space that could be defined as an thin atrium, with two jutting look-out balconies that are skewed in angles and directions. Lit up in a multitude of colours, the face of the Narrow House acts as a public light sculpture by night. Sitting on a lot that is just 5.3 meters-wide, the dwelling which was built for a couple accommodates a garage and entrance on the ground floor. The second and third levels above are completely enclosed in glazing, exposing a white facade with a set of balconies. The lower balcony connects to the the client’s library and reading nook, offering him natural light as well as a sheltered view of the street. The upper platform, which seems to be turned slightly to face the other, juts off the third-level studio, where his wife works as an artist.
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