In a quiet neighbourhood in 's-Gravenwezel, Mieke Van Herck architects renovated an existing thatched-roof country house. Since the team is continuously looking for harmony between modern and rural architecture it abstracted the rural house into a special, contemporary residence. You can see, among other things, how its ground floor living spaces were maximised and finished with natural materials such as marble and Pietra dei Medici natural stone, refined bespoke veneers and glamorous details. Two great features here are entrance hall with ultra-large sitting area and the stylish, sober work space framed in a bay window reminding us of the original mansion.
The villa was complemented by a pavilion that accommodates the kitchen on a floating platform. The sleek design of the architectural extension blends perfectly with the rural architecture thanks to the façade cladding with black afrormosia planking. Furthermore, the new volume at the rear of the house flows into a covered terrace with built-in barbecue. In line with Mieke Van Herck architects' signature, the view of the outdoor environment is omnipresent and always nearby. An inventive detail that nicely illustrates this extraordinary synergy is one of the windows in the kitchen. That window extends from ceiling to floor and is flanked inside by a bespoke cupboard with incisions, allowing daylight and greenery to subtly reach the sheltered interior.
The entrance hall of Residence EB received a modern-countryside upgrade, bringing Schwung to the home with its smooth curves. Upstairs, the master bedroom reads like a hotel suite and the family's daughter was given a separate chill-out area where friends always feel welcome. She also feels at home in this dream home that her parents purchased as a coup de foudre, and which after the renovation feels even more like a signature home for life and much longer.