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Mini-Maison by Vanden Eeckhoudt-Creyf Architectes

By Eric Meunier


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The Mini-Maison (tiny house) is one of the many old small workers houses built in Forest, one of the 19 communes (districts) of Bruxelles, Belgium.

Transforming the modest house (each floor is only 245 square feet) into a contemporary house for a couple with no kids was a big challenge for Brussels-based architecture firm Vanden Eeckhoudt-Creyf Architectes.

The original staircase was replaced by a flight of stairs built into the wall and a fireman’s pole was installed for quick descent.

Finally, a fourth floor sleeping loft was added to increase the living space of the house.

Photos courtesy of Vanden Eeckhoudt-Creyf

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About Eric Meunier

Currently the Owner and Chief Executive of HODYO Design, Eric Meunier's expertise in the design industry spreads over 20 years. He was the driving force behind HomeDSGN's early success, founding this website in 2011. Today, he loves to channel his passion for design into remodeling houses and transforming interior spaces with his keen eye for detail and architectural finesse. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

6 thoughts on “Mini-Maison by Vanden Eeckhoudt-Creyf Architectes”

  1. sacrificing functionality to look good = FAIL DESIGN. seriously, no rails on the stairs just so it looks pretty? how many houses have you designed that weren’t even possible to build?

  2. So picture the occupant getting up in the morning all groggy – and s/he has to navigate these stairs down (without rails). To me, it seems impractical and unsafe. Is this a design model or a real house ?

    • Final inspection after remodeling doesn’t exist in most countries in Europe; that’s why it’s pretty common to see such stairs on this side of the Atlantic…

  3. I think this is fantastic! As a people, we are running out of space to build homes in a more traditional way. Love the fire pole. As long as the stairs are lined up well, it shouldn’t be a problem navigating them in the morning. The people who doubt this concept have no vision.


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