Historic House Refurbishment in Ghent

December 22, 2019 Design Ideas

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The bed and breakfast “entrenous” is located next to the Citadel Park. The historic house was converted into a house with three guest rooms. The facade was restored respectfully to its former glory. The inside has been thoroughly renovated, but a link with the existing layout or structure is never far away.

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Old and new meet public and private. The new concrete structure forms the chalk line of the old print. Small rooms are cut open with exposed concrete.

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Robust and honest materials form the basis for a solid foundation. Not only as a support for the building, but as a support for everything the building could ever be. The private and public functions are interwoven intensively within the building without creating a hard boundary.

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The glass facade in the backyard provides a reorientation. The wooden exterior joinery hangs like a curtain over the rear facade and alternates between open, half-open and closed. The vide brings in and embraces public and private.

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Concrete features, with their robust shapes, create new dimensions and shapes to contrast the polished concrete floor. A wooden floor is then provided in the private areas. The furniture wraps itself like a blue cloak through the house and ties everything together.  Photos by Tim Van de Velde

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