Villa Leborgne - 03.019
Transformation and restoration of the Villa Dirickz, a remarkable modernistic house of Belgian architect Marcel Leborgne, situated in Sint-Genesius-Rode. It concerned on the one hand the execution of the necessary work for the conformity of the structure and its conservation – the observed pathologies of the structure in reinforced concrete and the state of damage of the complete building required an intervention on many elements: glazed span structures, railings, floors, etc. – on the other hand the thorough transformation of the ground floor, initially designed for the domerstic staff and the services, to build a swimming pool open towards the garden.
Since it concerns a classified building, all interventions had to be carried out with respect for the original building. The structural elements of the floors, walls and beams were made on dimensional bases which no longer correspond to the current standards: the small cross-section of the elements made each intervention delicate. For the transformation of the first floor the most of load-bearing walls were removed to be replaced by a not prominent metal framework.