chapter  14
Mediating houses: Marie-José Van Hee’s domestic architecture
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Belgium has a long tradition of architects building private homes for individual

clients. Over 60 percent of Belgians are home-owners and most of these

own a detached house somewhere in a suburban neighborhood. These

houses generally follow the well-known model of the suburban home with an

ordinary plan (living room, kitchen, study, bedrooms, bathrooms, facilities) and

a stereotypical site arrangement. Occasionally, however, one finds instances

of serious architectural reflection that questions and rethinks the conventional

set-up of a family home. Such is the case of Marie-José Van Hee’s dealings

with domestic architecture.