A Four Room House in Belgium

The Four Room House, home to Belgian architects Pieter Peelings and Silvia Mertens of Sculp(IT), is stacked on four different floors. That's right, one room per tiny floor...

The compact footprint of this vertical house makes for an interesting exercise in small living: rooms are spare and the purity of the design is always intact. The basic sequence for each floor is a long, slender space with one specific function (sleep, eat, work, etc) and a glass front permitting light and views.

The first floor is a workspace, with a big glass door that opens the full front of the room to the sidewalk. Walk up one floor on the spiral stair and you're in the kitchen/dining room. One more floor up is the living room. A projection screen lowers in the small space for viewing videos. The uppermost floor is the bedroom and toilet, with an awesome view from the bed out of the full glass front wall. Where's the bathtub, you ask? On the roof, of course! As much as we're loving this compact house, we're having trouble getting on board with the shower and toilet in the bedroom. Otherwise, we're on board. Photos: Verne / OWI

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