A stone’s throw from Antwerp, this Belgian brick bungalow within the small city of Zandhoven, is an imposing, but peaceable residence. Its architect, domestically primarily based Hans Verelst, says its low, linear shapes, damaged up, pleasant volumes and materiality draw on Californian modernist structure, desert designs and ideas round flat dwelling. It was additionally the product of a number of deep conversations with the shoppers – and the house’s residents – concerning the goal of home design and minimalist structure.
This Belgian brick bungalow celebrates each day life
‘The design of this home arose from a crucial dialogue with the consumer, by which the seek for the which means of dwelling stood central. ‘What’s the worth of a home and what ought to it signify?’ The last word train was, moreover merely making area for capabilities, to commemorate dwelling,’ writes the architect. ‘The home seems as a service of life. This service, the place recollections and occasions are created, is a help for all times. With this summary method, the programme was lowered to its minimal.’
Verelst’s method is rooted in honesty in materials use, an virtually brutalist method to design that affords the house a layered and tactile high quality. Brick is utilized in partitions, but in addition flooring, nodding once more to modernist structure. A darkish brown, timber pergola wraps round it on the surface, crowning it with the softness of wooden. In the meantime, its color palette and floor compositions may call to mind Nineteen Seventies properties, in Belgium and overseas.
The mature backyard across the house is one other key function that helps this undertaking change into a coherent complete. It gently contrasts with the structured structure, via swathes of untamed flowers and seemingly – and strategically – overgrown grass. It kinds a pure backdrop the place this Belgian brick bungalow lies nestled, heat and alluring, up to date but in addition acquainted.
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