De Rosee Sa builds “strangely familiar” black cabin beside a lake in rural Belgium

Described by architecture studio De Rosee Sa as a “magical lakeside cabin”, this small black hut in Belgium shares many characteristics with the witch’s houses found in fairytales (+ movie). London-based De Rosee Sa designed the 35-square-metre Woodland Cabin to function as a picnic venue, guesthouse or art studio, but didn’t want the structure to look too new. This led […]

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Stark concrete house by ISM Architecten is topped with a glass study

A glass study projects from the roof of this concrete house near Brussels, but it presents an austere windowless facade to the street (+ slideshow). Koen Pauwels and Wim Van Der Vurst of Antwerp-based ISM Architecten designed the property for a young couple with two children, who had purchased an oddly shaped plot in a residential […]

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Steven Vandenborre adds cross-shaped staircase to an industrial office conversion

A multi-directional black staircase bridges the main entrance space in this converted office building in Belgium (+ slideshow). Having outgrown its previous offices, temping agency Ago purchased a former telecoms building near central Kortrijk and invited local studio Steven Vandenborre Architects to oversee its refurbishment. Vandenborre designed a monumental bespoke black staircase as the main feature. Two flights of steps rise […]

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Kitchen extension projects from the top floor of a renovated Brussels house

Belgian architects Edouard Brunet and François Martens have converted a terraced house in Brussels into two apartments, adding a projecting box with a full-height glass wall to house a new kitchen (+ slideshow). The five-storey property in Brussels’ Schaerbeek commune was previously occupied by a family but became too large for the owners’ needs once their children moved out. […]

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Govaert & Vanhoutte’s House Graafjansdijk features fence-like walls and glazed living spaces

Squeezed onto an angular plot between a road and a small irrigation channel, this house near the Belgian village of Knokke comprises a timber-clad ground floor with a glass box resting on top (+ slideshow). House Graafjansdijk was designed by Bruges office Govaert & Vanhoutte, whose past projects include a minimal concrete and glass cemetery pavilion and a factory with walls of […]

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50 Shades of Wood by Declerck-Daels Architecten is a timber dentist surgery in Bruges

Declerck-Daels Architecten used different varieties of timber and “frivolous” colours for this surgery in Bruges, in an attempt to make going to the dentist more bearable (+ slideshow). The Belgian studio named the project 50 Shades of Wood after the variety of tones found in the building’s silvery timber cladding, as well as its brightly coloured wooden interiors. The […]

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Hemp-based render gives striated skin to renovated house by Martens Van Caimere

A material made by mixing hemp with lime and water forms a new layer of insulation around this house in Belgium, as part of a renovation by Ghent studio Martens Van Caimere Architecten (+ slideshow). Known as hempcrete, the hemp-based render was applied in thick layers to all four walls of the small house to help it […]

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Geometric perforations pattern facade of Belgian hospital car park by Abscis Architecten

Perforated metal balustrades wrap the round-edged floorplates of this multi-storey car park designed by Abscis Architecten for a hospital in Ghent, Belgium (+ slideshow). The Belgian studio divided parking spaces between two buildings, to help give the car park a more human scale for patients and staff at the AZ Sint-Lucas hospital. One tower has five parking levels, while […]

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Mirror-clad office extension by Atelier Vens Vanbelle offers reflections of brickwork and trees

Atelier Vens Vanbelle has extended a notary’s office it completed five years ago in the Belgian village of Horebeke, adding mirrored walls that reflect both the original building and its pastoral setting (+ slideshow). Ghent-based Atelier Vens Vanbelle designed the original office to make the most of a site at the end of a small street that overlooks the surrounding farmland. The building […]

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Atelier Bow-Wow and Dertien 12 create Canal Swimmer’s Club on Bruges waterway

This floating sun deck on the edge of a Bruges canal by Atelier Bow-Wow and Dertien 12 is installed to provide a resting place for swimmers during the city’s first art and architecture triennial (+ slideshow). Eighteen artists and architects, including Tokyo-based architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow and local studio Dertien 12, were invited to participate in the first instalment of […]

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A Modern House That Lights Up In Different Colors

Designed by Brussels-based architect Bassam El Okeily in collaboration with Karla Menten, the ‘Narrow House’ is a minimal…

Golden aluminium featuring cube patterns clads walls of university building by AVDK

Aluminium sheets perforated with a geometric pattern create angled facets around the windows of this university student centre in Kortrijk (+ slideshow). Vives University College is situated to the south of the Belgian city. The new building accommodates offices and other amenities for the student support staff, which had previously been located in the main block. Instead of designing […]

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A See-Through Steel Church By Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

Located in Borgloon, Belgium, ‘Reading Between The Lines’ is a nearly transparent steel church designed by Belgian architect…

Archipl-Architects converts former washing machine factory into light-filled workplace

Archipl-Architects has converted a 19th-century factory into the regional headquarters for a care home in Ghent, Belgium (+ slideshow). The local studio was asked to refurbish the old brick warehouse to provide administrative offices for the Flemish organisation White Yellow Cross. The building was originally established in 1895 as a sulphuric acid factory, and was later taken over by the […]

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Felt slots three new homes into an old Ghent townhouse and reclads it with strips of wood

Square windows puncture the timber facade of this townhouse in Ghent, Belgium, which local studio Felt Architecture and Design recently refurbished and widened to make room for three new flats (+ slideshow). Named Puinstraat after the street it is located on, the four-storey building has been transformed from an ageing single property into a “jigsaw” of […]

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Lieven Dejaeghere’s pool house is a glass box topped with a concrete roof

A thin concrete roof rests lightly on the glazed walls of this minimal poolside pavilion, added to a house in the Belgian village of Wannegem-Lede – the second project we’ve published today by architect Lieven Dejaeghere (+ slideshow). The pool house annexes a residence built in the late 1990s, and was designed by Dejaeghere to […]

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Ampe Trybou Architecten completes a row of houses with a crinkled roof

Ampe Trybou Architecten added a crinkled roofline to this terrace in Belgium, marking the boundaries between the five homes inside whilst also referencing the buildings that stood on the site before (+ slideshow). Located 10 kilometres away from the coast, the terrace provides social rented housing in the small Belgian village of Westkerke. Ampe Trybou Architecten used a limited […]

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Villa Willemsdorp by Dieter De Vos features a lopsided gable and walls clad with roof tiles

The asymmetric profile of this suburban house in Belgium was generated directly from the permitted building heights prescribed by local planning regulations (+ slideshow). Designed by Belgian architect Dieter De Vos, the two-storey Villa Willemsdorp is located in a residential neighbourhood in De Pinte, south-west of Ghent. The area is typified by traditional gabled houses – a style that De […]

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Omgeving’s black brick library in Zoersel is subdivided into smaller blocks

The front and rear facades of this library in Zoersel, Belgium, have been divided up into house-sized volumes to help the large building fit into its residential context (+ slideshow). Bibliotheek Zoersel was designed by Antwerp studio Omgeving for a plot in the town’s historic centre, which is undergoing major redevelopment following the introduction of a bypass that has displaced the majority […]

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Brutopia is an aluminium-clad apartment complex built by a cooperative in Brussels

This housing project in Brussels was funded and developed by its residents, to a design by local studio Stekke + Fraas based on the principles of “durability, prosperity, ecology and social diversity” (+ slideshow). Named Brutopia, the project is situated in the city’s Forest neighbourhood, close to the Wiels contemporary arts centre. Its inhabitants wanted to […]

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Volt Architecten’s Belgian housing scheme is designed to look like a farmstead

This social housing development in Zingem, Belgium, responds to its location between a busy road and an agrarian landscape with a “ranch-like” arrangement of buildings framing a central courtyard (+ slideshow). Designed by Ghent firm Volt Architecten, the Ouwegemsesteenweg development is named after the road it is situated on, which connects three small villages with a nearby motorway. […]

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Sculp IT adds “world’s largest pivoting window” to an Antwerp townhouse

A pair of glass panels, weighing almost four tonnes and spanning two storeys in height, pivot out towards the garden of this renovated Antwerp home. The twin panels – described by Belgian studio Sculp IT as “the world’s largest pivoting window” – form the rear wall of the house extension, connecting a new kitchen and dining room with the garden beyond. The house had previously featured extensions […]

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Studio Farris adds rusty steel extension to a library in Bruges

This library extension in the centre of Bruges is covered in sheets of pre-rusted Corten steel, deliberately contrasting the white plasterwork of the original building (+ slideshow). Antwerp office Studio Farris Architects won a competition organised by the local council to renovate and expand the Sint-Andries City library, which occupies a listed building in the centre of the Belgian […]

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Concrete canopy creates two-storey terrace for home and clinic by Graux & Baeyens

Graux & Baeyens Architecten has divided an old Flemish-style house in Belgium into a psychotherapy centre and apartment, installing a concrete canopy to give each space its own outdoor area (+ slideshow). Named Omsorg, the project involved a complete renovation of the run-down three-storey house in Destelbergen, while the new concrete platform was installed in the garden to create both a shelter over the existing […]

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Sliding glass doors connect a Belgian house extension with its poolside patio

This residential extension in Kortrijk, Belgium, by local architect Steven Vandenborre has full-height sliding doors lining its inner facades to enable its occupants to step straight out onto a poolside terrace (+ slideshow). The extension to a 1970s villa in the city’s Marke district was designed by Steven Vandenborre to improve the property’s outdoor spaces and […]

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Homes near Belgium’s coastline feature ridged skins of white aluminium

White aluminium panels give a ridged texture to the walls and rooftops of these residential properties completed by BURO II & ARCHI+I in a Belgian coastal town (+ slideshow). Named Blanco Oostduinkerke Residence, the two duplex houses were designed by the Belgian architecture collective for a site in Koksijde, a town close to the border with France on the edge of […]

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BEL Architecten leaves rough surfaces on show in warehouse converted into a cultural centre

Peeling plaster and exposed brickwork reveal the interventions made by BEL Architecten to convert this former Antwerp warehouse into a cultural centre (+ slideshow). Antwerp’s governors asked local studio BEL Architecten to transform a centrally located derelict goods warehouse into a creative space for the city’s young inhabitants. Amenities housed in the new centre include venues for music, theatre […]

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Protruding brickwork give a ribbed facade to Lezze’s House VR in Belgium

Dark grey bricks alternate between protruding and receding rows to give a ribbed texture to the facade of this family house near Brussels by Belgian studio Lezze (+ slideshow). Lezze designed the four-bedroom home, named House VR, for a plot between two existing properties in Lembeek – a small town 10 miles south west of Brussels. The house boasts a narrow […]

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Protruding brickwork gives a ribbed facade to Lezze’s House VR in Belgium

Dark grey bricks alternate between protruding and receding rows to give a ribbed texture to the facade of this family house near Brussels by Belgian studio Lezze (+ slideshow). Lezze designed the four-bedroom home, named House VR, for a plot between two existing properties in Lembeek – a small town 10 miles south west of Brussels. The house boasts a narrow […]

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Ugly Belgian Houses: Hannes Coudenys creates an archive of unattractive architecture

Photo essay: for the last four years Hannes Coudenys has been photographing houses across Belgium but, instead of selecting the best examples, he only shoots those he deems ugly. Coudenys, who isn’t a photographer by profession, uses social media to document all of the properties he has photographed. His aim is to draw attention to what […]

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Daycare centre near Brussels features child-size furniture and a combined staircase and slide

Skylights illuminate the timber-lined atrium of this daycare centre by ZAmpone Architectuur, where furniture, sleeping nooks and even the staircase are all designed to be accessible for little occupants (+ slideshow). Located in the Uccle district just outside the Belgian capital, the building and its contents were all designed by local studio ZAmpone Architectuur to suit the […]

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Diamond-patterned fencing clads facade of office and workshop by CAAN Architects

A steel framework covered in white mesh provides shading and privacy to the street frontage of this office building in Deinze, Belgium by CAAN Architects (+ slideshow). The headquarters for steel fabrication firm Lootens Line is located by a canal on the outskirts of the city, and was designed to accommodate offices, meeting rooms and a showroom. […]

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Govaert & Vanhoutte creates concrete and glass headquarters for door manufacturer Rob Systems

Solid concrete, metal mesh and glass create surfaces with varying levels of opacity for the walls of this office and factory building for a manufacturer of sliding doors in Belgium (+ slideshow). Located close to a motorway just outside the town of Ardooie, the headquarters for Rob Systems was designed by Bruges firm Govaert & Vanhoutte to house a showroom, […]

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Glazed pavilions form a community centre in the grounds of an old Flemish church

These two glass and steel pavilions erected by architecture collective De Kort Van Schaik Van Noten in the gardens of a disused presbytery form a community hall and youth club for a Belgian village (+ slideshow). The Moorsel Community Centre was conceived by De Kort Van Schaik Van Noten – a collaborative made up of Rotterdam-based De Kort […]
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Congress centre by Daniel Libeskind opens in Europe’s 2015 Capital of Culture

As the Belgian town of Mons starts its year as European Capital of Culture, architect Daniel Libeskind has completed a convention centre with a golden metal exterior and a sharply pointed prow (+ slideshow). The Mons International Congress Centre is the first of several projects planned in the city over the course of the year, […]
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Garden annex by De Smet Vermeulen sits on the edge of an orchard

Belgian studio De Smet Vermeulen Architecten designed this angular timber-clad cottage to create a music room in the garden of a house it designed over ten years ago near the village of Sint-Martens-Latem (+ slideshow). De Smet Vermeulen Architecten completed the Braeckman-Staels property in 2000 and was later asked by its owners to work on an additional structure, […]
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Atelier Vens Vanbelle adds “retro-futuristic capsule” to a Belgian home

A curving copper-clad extension punctuated by portholes has been added to a house in Ghent, Belgium, by local studio Atelier Vens Vanbelle, who describe the structure as “a cocktail of science fiction and nostalgia” (+ slideshow). Atelier Vens Vanbelle designed the extension to accommodate an extra bedroom, bathroom and a new foyer area, which they placed […]

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Urbain Architectencollectief converts brick fire station into Kortrijk cultural centre

Belgian firm Urbain Architectencollectief has refurbished a former brick fire station building and added an extra storey to house additional facilities for a cultural centre in the city of Kortrijk (+ slideshow). The extension to the Cultural Center de Neerbeek forms part of a masterplan developed by Ghent studio Urbain Architectencollectief in 2009 to increase […]

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Assorted windows and diagonal cladding feature on renovated home by NU Architectuuratelier

A mixture of simple windows and double-height glazing bring light and views into the back of this Belgian house, which NU Architectuuratelier has converted from flats into a family home (+ slideshow). Kessel-Lo House in Leuven, Belgium, was designed by NU architectuuratelier for a family with two children who originally wanted to extend the former apartment […]

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School gymnasium by URA nestles into the landscape at a Belgian school

This concrete sports hall by Belgian studio URA has been built into a hillside in the wooded grounds of a school just outside Brussels (+ slideshow). URA was tasked with designing the new gymnasium for Koninklijk Atheneum Ukkel (KAU), a school in the south of the city that describes its campus as the “biggest garden […]

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