There are some present day dream homes which resonate with such enticing simplicity. Property in Mechelen exemplifies this remarkably with 2 primary things: light and all-natural elements–brick, timber, glass, steel and stone.
Completed by Areal Architecten, this 3-story townhouse features a clean white brick facade which subtly mimics the interior’s white vibe, particularly in the exposed brick walls inside of. A broad, steel-framed glass door acts an an entry stage to the home, though interestingly not from the urban street, but rather by way of the garage port.
Wide-planked pale wood flooring on the upper amounts segues nicely from the awesome stone floors under. The concrete “beam” ceilings are gorgeous, not so a lot as in complexity but much more of a raw attractiveness. Furnishings are minimalist and the shade palette is restrained allowing the composition of the open program to shine on its own.
A light shaft penetrates the whole core of the house, washing the interiors with organic beams all through the day, even though also assuming the position as a transition area between residing and sleeping quarters. Single-panel glass windows are also positioned inside of the interior, producing but yet another portal for light to bounce. Huge skylights welcome this light, also, which are straight over the stairwell, where one particular landing is truly a glass floor. This staircase ascends 2 amounts and is just amazing–white-painted steel, angular in style, with measures that truly resemble sleek, industrial fan blades.
Although located straight on a street front plot, the rear of the property surprises, providing lovely views of a treescape. In reality, the major residing zone features a suspended wood-burning fireplace in front of a fully-glazed wall. This room opens on to a terrace generating one more flow of indoor/outdoor living when the weather permits.
The Residence in Mechelen epitomizes Belgium layout with its streamlined aesthetic, modern day, organic components and no-nonsense approach to architectural excellence.