Sunday Sanctuary: Belgium House

Clean, classic lines is everything we love in a Sunday Sanctuary. When you add a predominantly white colour scheme and understated, mid-century modernist interiors, we are totally sold. This weeks Sunday Sanctuary was created by the wonderful Beliugm-based architect Daskal Laperre. Situated on the outskirts of Brussels the residence is surrounded by large leafy trees, the

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Alvar Aalto inspired the orange blockwork fireplace in Notan Office’s Brussels roof extension

This extension to the roof of a Brussels apartment block by local studio Notan Office features a fireplace that takes its cues from the work of modernist architect and designer Alvar Aalto. The project titled Lincoln is a 140-square-metre extension of a penthouse apartment in an residential area of Brussels. Set back from the main building, the extra level is almost

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House-shaped opening cuts through Belgian school of architecture by Aires Mateus

Aires Mateus has completed a new architecture facility at a university in western Belgium, featuring a huge gabled void in its facade and a dramatic double-helical staircase inside. Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus designed the new faculty building for the Université Catholique de Louvain’s Tournai campus, which is located around 80 kilometres outside Brussels. The Lisbon-based duo won a competition

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Dieter Vander Velpen brings “understated luxury” to 1970s Belgian house

Architecture studio Dieter Vander Velpen has employed a luxurious material palette of dark walnut, black granite and limestone to overhaul the kitchen and bathroom of a house in Belgium. Antwerp-based Dieter Vander Velpen remodelled the kitchen and bathroom for a doctor couple. Built in the 1970s near the Belgian town of Leuven, the property named BC House had

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Rammed-earth tower by De Gouden Liniaal Architecten overlooks the Maas river

Earth, clay and gravel are compressed to form the walls of this observation tower designed by De Gouden Liniaal Architecten to offer views of a nature reserve spanning the Belgian-Dutch border. The rammed-earth tower designed by the Genk-based studio is located within a former gravel quarry called Negenoord, which has been transformed to form part of

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Sunday Sanctuary

Now I feel as though most of you are familiar with my paired back white walls perfectly mixed with grey tones vibe but trust me this one is a little beauty. Belgium based architect Olivier Dwek has in our opinion successfully preserved the ancient charm of Art Nouveau and reconciled with the tastes of today. Dwell […]

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Brutalist-inspired residence by Clauwers & Simon is arranged around a central courtyard

This simple board-marked concrete and timber house by Clauwers & Simon in rural Belgium is arranged around a glazed courtyard. The local studio was inspired by the works of Belgian architect Juliaan Lampens, whose Brutalist-style buildings from the 1960s made extensive use of concrete both inside and out. In tribute to him, board-formed concrete forms the exterior walls of the property,

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B-ILD & Constructo use shades of red concrete for skatepark on Belgian coast

This multi-tonal red concrete skatepark by architects B-ILD and Constructo doubles as a public square in the Belgian city of Blankenberge. Skate ramps rising from all four corners mark the edges of the square, which has a submerged bowl at its centre. The skatepark follows the existing slope of the 900 metre-square site, with the elevated ramps

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DRDH completes elderly home in Belgium featuring pared-back finishes and open-air courtyards

London studio DRDH Architects has built an apartment complex and social centre for elderly people in Aarschot, Belgium, featuring simple materials, communal courtyards and few bold splashes of colour. DRDH Architects worked with Belgian studio Architecten de Vylder Vinck Tallieu to design the facility for social services provider OCMW Aarschot, after jointly winning an international competition. The project consists of a

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Cigarette factory in Brussels converted into city hall by trio of Belgian architects

This red brick building that once formed part of a cigarette factory in Brussels has been converted into a council office with minimalist interiors by Stéphanie Willocx, LD2 Architecture and Mamout. The trio of Brussels-based architects was asked to overhaul the former industrial space on Charles Malis Street for the city’s Molenbeek-Saint-Jean municipality. Behind its ornamental brick facade, the 990-square-metre space

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Villa CD by OOA | Office O Architects

Villa CD is a brutalist residential project, designed by OOA | Office O Architects in 2015. Situated on top of a light, sandy dune, not far from the Belgian seaside, the home stands within a community of bungalows built in the early 1960s, bordering a …

Abeel House By Steven Vandenborre & MiASS Architectuur

Located in an upcoming neighbourhood in Ghent, Belgium, the compact family home was designed by architects Steven Vandenborre and MiASS Architectuur and is conceived as a stack of three angular glass volumes, sitting on top of a solid base.
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Abeel House By Steven Vandenborre & Mias Architects

Located in an upcoming neighbourhood in Ghent, Belgium, the compact family home was designed by architects Steven Vandenborre and Mias Architects and is conceived as a stack of three angular glass volumes, sitting on top of a solid base.
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Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects creates bachelor pad with underground club on Ghent’s Leie river

An underground lair modelled on an exclusive nightclub lies below this riverside bachelor pad near Ghent, where the owner has built-in cigar and wine storage, a car lift and a view into the depths of the pool. Belgian studio Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects designed the residence for a single man in his forties on a plot beside

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TOOP Architectuur arranges timber and concrete house around a recessed patio

The facades of this low-lying concrete and wood house in rural Belgium are interrupted large windows, and a central patio that separates the living and sleeping areas. The CASWES house was designed by local studio TOOP Architectuur for a site surrounded by fields near the Flemish village of Westouter. The long and narrow plot stretches away

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Murmuur Architecten uses engineered wood and tiles for holiday home in rural Belgium

Dark clay panels and light green tiles cover the cross-laminated timber structure of this holiday home created by Murmuur Architecten for a spot in the Flemish Ardennes countryside. The Belgian studio designed the holiday home named Buikberglos in Horebeke, a municipality in Belgium’s East Flanders. The structure is built from cross-laminated timber – a strong type of engineered wood that is becoming

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EU headquarters features glass box containing curvaceous glowing “lantern”

The European Union is moving into a new headquarters in Brussels, which features a huge glass atrium enclosing a bulging, lantern-like structure. Belgian architecture studio Samyn and Partners worked alongside Italian firm Studio Valle and British engineers Buro Happold to create the facility. It was developed in response to the need for increased capacity at the European Council and the Council

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Angled glazing frames range of views from Ghent house by Steven Vandenborre and Mias Sys

Windows angle out from the front of this family home in Ghent by Belgian architects Steven Vandenborre and Mias Sys, giving multiple perspectives on the street and city below. Vandenborre and Sys created Abeel House for a narrow plot in an up-and-coming neighbourhood of the city. It comprises four floors, with a garage in a black brick base and three floors

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Frameless glazing and concrete canopy shelter pool-side lounge by Steven Vandenborre

A glass box framed by a chunky concrete structure hosts a lounge at this pool house designed by Belgian architect Steven Vandenborre for a home in Bruges. Vandenborre designed Poolhouse O for a spot at the far end of the client’s large garden, where it is hidden from view of the main house by the surrounding planting. The intention was to create a

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Villa MQ: Flowing Lines

Villa MQ, designed by Office O Architects, is located in Tremelo, Belgium. The design has been drawn up on behalf of a family of four who wanted an extraordinary place to live in. By putting traditional methods aside, OOA allowed creativity to flow. As a result, the architects used curved walls, different ceiling heights and […]

Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects transforms Belgian fort into home and guesthouse

Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects has renovated and extended a former fort in West Flanders to create a home for an estate agent and his family. The Bruges-based practice was asked to extend the 1839 farmhouse – which was once a fort – to suit the client, his wife and their two children, and to transform the barn into a bed

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The Real Thing

  You guys… As it’s a Sunday night, let’s just take a moment to close our eyes and imagine ourselves with a glass of wine in hand, the latest Vogue and some serious rancho relaxo in that marble bath. Aaaah yes, we all deserve it… And I think we all deserve the perfect bright, minimalist […]

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Zaha Hadid’s Port House in Antwerp captured in photography by Hélène Binet

Swiss-French photographer Hélène Binet has shot the recently completed port authority building in Antwerp by Zaha Hadid Architects, which features a huge glazed volume mounted on its roof. Binet photographed Port House ahead of its inauguration last week. The building is one of a string of projects designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid that are due to be completed More

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Zaha Hadid Architects sits rippling glass lump on top of Antwerp port building

A huge, faceted glass volume sits on the roof of the new headquarters Zaha Hadid Architects has designed for Antwerp’s Port Authority (slideshow). Zaha Hadid Architects added the glass extension to a disused fire station in Antwerp’s docks to create Port House. First unveiled in 2009, the scheme was one of the most ambitious designs proposed by British-Iraqi More

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Elevated walkway and visitor centre added to 12th-century abbey ruins by Binario Architectes

Binario Architectes has used Corten steel, concrete and wood to create a series of new additions to the Villers Abbey in Belgium, including a visitor centre and an elevated pathway (+ slideshow). The Belgian studio converted a former watermill to create the Abbey Visitor Centre in the town Villers-la-ville. Said to be the largest abbey ruins in Europe, Villers Abbey covers a More

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Moving walls open Stal Collectief’s charred timber workshop to the elements

Raised on stilts above a field in northeast Belgium, Stal Collectief’s self-designed studio features charred timber walls that can be wheeled back to reveal the interior (+ movie). The group of Belgian furniture designers comprising Len de Paepe, Bob Segers, Tim Vranken and Jonas Blondeel designed Hofer Pavilion as an extra studio space for themselves. The group already had a workshop in More

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Le Corbusier’s Maison Guiette is his only surviving Belgian building

World Heritage Corb: Maison Guiette in Belgium was Le Corbusier’s first commission outside of France, but is one of the lesser-known of his 17 buildings that have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list (+ slideshow). Belgian artist and art critic René Guiette asked Le Corbusier to design his studio-cum-residence in Antwerp, after seeing the architect’s Pavilion de L’Esprit Nouveau – a temporary More

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Atelier Tom Vanhee adds pair of gabled extensions to brick farmhouse in Belgium

Belgian studio Atelier Tom Vanhee has added two offset gabled volumes onto the side of an existing brick structure near the village of Aartrijke to turn it into a modern home (+ slideshow). The former farmhouse, which previously contained a home and a barn in a single brick building, is located in an agricultural area to the More

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Elisabeth Chocolatier

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Le Berger Hotel

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Coussée & Goris and RCR Arquitectes use iron-coloured concrete for Belgian crematorium

A+Awards: the next project in our collaboration with Architizer is a tinted concrete and steel crematorium in Holsbeek, Belgium, which was named as one of the winners in the religious buildings and memorials category at the 2016 A+Awards (+ slideshow). Ghent-based Coussée & Goris Architecten teamed up with Spanish firm RCR Arquitectes to win a competition for More

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An Industrial Modular Office In Belgium

The Antwerp-based architecture practice Vincent Van Duysen was commissioned to convert an old weaving factory in Waregem, Belgium, into an industrial office space.
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Chelton Hotel Brussels

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Ville de Bruxelles

 

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Gravity-defying staircase by Close to Bone climbs up into the sky

This weathering steel staircase by engineering studio Close to Bone cantilevers off a hill in Flanders, forming an observation tower overlooking rolling farmland and the Kabouterbos forest (+ slideshow). Standing unsupported at almost 11.5 metres tall, the staircase “floats” above its picturesque setting in the the Tielt-Winge municipality. The structure known as Vlooyberg Tower was designed by More

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Glossy green bricks lend woven texture to Belgian primary school by Areal Architecten

Glazed mint-green bricks alternate to create a basketweave pattern across the walls of this school building by Areal Architecten, which also frames a series of terraces and covered play spaces (+ slideshow). The Antwerp studio added the block to provide extra classrooms and a multipurpose hall for an existing primary school in the Belgian town of Boom. The small green glazed bricks cover the building’s More

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Belgian holiday house by GAFPA takes its cues from Japanese architecture

Architecture studio GAFPA used low-cost materials to build this Japanese-inspired weekend retreat in northern Belgium, which features a slender spiral staircase (+ slideshow). GAFPA – which also recently slotted a wooden house into an old industrial building – was asked by a Ghent-based couple to design a weekend home for them in Wachtebeke, an East Flanders More

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GAFPA inserts wooden house into the shell of an old Belgian industrial building

Belgian studio GAFPA has slotted a timber-framed house inside the steel skeleton of a disused stonemason’s atelier in Ghent, and transformed a former outbuilding into a walled garden (+ slideshow). Located in the Gentbrugge district of the Belgian city, the industrial site has been transformed by GAFPA into a family home and studio, allowing the client – an artist and carpenter – More

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Sculp IT organises concrete boxes around glass corridor to create Belgian woodland home

Concrete boxes are arranged on either side of a long glazed corridor to form this concrete house by Belgian studio Sculp IT, which is made up of both indoor and outdoor spaces (+ slideshow). The blocks have different volumes and ceiling heights, and are all linked by the 29-metre-long corridor. This creates a “broken-plan” layout, where rooms open to the central More

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OYO’s House Pibo features a sloping green roof and split-level interior

An angular entrance and roof intersect the plant-covered roof of this wedge-shaped house, completed by architects office OYO in the Belgian village of Maldegem (+ slideshow). Ghent-based OYO – whose previous projects include a monolithic concrete house extension – was given an open brief for this new property, so decided to focus on creating an More

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Architektuurburo Dirk Hulpia completes house in Belgium with protruding corner windows

Large windows protrude away from the brown brickwork of this house in Belgium by Architektuurburo Dirk Hulpia, providing wide ledges for displaying works by the ceramicist client (+ slideshow). Named Kiekens’ House, the residence replaces a pair of small barns in Aalter, a municipality between Bruges and Ghent, and is formed of two brown brick volumes with slanted roofs. More

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Wim Heylen’s brick and concrete bungalow references traditional countryside cottages

The brick walls of this single-storey house in the Belgian town of Nazareth are interrupted by a series of floor-to-ceiling windows and a recessed opening used for storing logs (+ slideshow). Ghent-based architect Wim Heylen designed the CW House for a large plot. The site extends from the built area at the front towards a wooded area More

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Sunday Sanctuary: Extracarricular

Believe it or not, we are all welcome to stay in this incredible place anytime we like… Well, at least anytime we are in Belgium looking for a place to rest our weary feet. You see, in addition to being a design lovers delight, this space is a Bed and Breakfast immaculately styled by Bea Mombaers, a collector […]

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UNStudio’s first building in Belgium features a stone facade and golden balconies

Dutch firm UNStudio has completed a retail and residential complex in Brussels that combines curving architectural forms with flashes of golden-hued aluminium. Named Le Toison d’Or, the eight-storey building is UNStudio’s first completed project in Belgium, and is located between the historic Porte Louise and Port de Namur gates in the centre of Brussels. The building’s unusual facade is its More

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Design centre by Matador Architects becomes a legacy project for Mons 2015

This design centre in an extended 18th-century townhouse was created by Matador Architects as part of Mons’ stint as European Capital of Culture last year (+ slideshow). Located in the centre of the Belgian city, Centre of Design Mons provides a series of facilities including a start-up incubator for creative businesses, innovation laboratories, exhibition galleries and events spaces. The More

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Office O Architects uses “flowing lines” and projecting windows to create Villa MQ

Gently undulating walls and a wavy roof enclose this family home in northern Belgium by Office O Architects, which projects two broad windows over a secluded garden to the rear (+ slideshow). The Ghent practice designed Villa MQ for a couple with two children on a plot surrounded by pine trees in Tremelo, a municipality in More

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Puzzles Architecture adds rusty steel extension to an old Belgian barn

Puzzles Architecture designed this weathering-steel extension for a barn in Belgium, converting it into an annex for the adjacent 18th-century farmhouse (+ slideshow). The building was originally constructed in 1730 and is divided into three parts, two made from local stone and one using cob – a natural building material made from soil, water and straw. The cob portion and one More

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V+’s Chateau d’Eau water tower rests on crossed concrete struts

Belgian architecture studio V+ has completed a mesh-covered water tower that is supported by angled concrete columns. The 50-metre-tall structure houses a circular vat for storing water, which sits on a slender concrete platform. The tank is covered by a rectangular metal grid that partially obscures the vat in daylight, but allows it to be partly visible when the tower More

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Tree-like columns support roof of Ghent house extension by Atelier Vens Vanbelle

Columns and struts modelled on tree trunks and branches frame this extension to a home in Ghent, designed by Atelier Vens Vanbelle to feel like a continuation of the garden. Clients Hans and Delphine asked the local architecture studio to create an extension that would link with a small walled garden at the rear of their home. Timber columns are dotted More

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Contemporary Belgian barn house by Pascal François is covered in clay tiles

Terracotta-coloured tiles clad this house on Belgian farmland, designed by architect Pascal François to match the region’s traditional agricultural architecture “without the slightest ambition to be trendy” (+ slideshow). Belgian studio Pascal François Architects designed the house to sit beside an old barn near Olmen – a village 40 miles east of Antwerp. It replaces an old farmhouse that was once affixed More

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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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