There are some modern dream residences which resonate with such enticing simplicity. Property in Mechelen exemplifies this remarkably with two main issues: light and all-natural elements–brick, timber, glass, steel and stone.
Completed by Areal Architecten, this 3-story townhouse characteristics a clean white brick facade which subtly mimics the interior’s white vibe, especially in the exposed brick walls within. A wide, steel-framed glass door acts an an entry point to the residence, although interestingly not from the urban street, but rather via the garage port.
Wide-planked pale wood flooring on the upper levels segues nicely from the cool stone floors below. The concrete “beam” ceilings are stunning, not so considerably as in complexity but much more of a raw beauty. Furnishings are minimalist and the color palette is restrained enabling the composition of the open strategy to shine on its personal.
A light shaft penetrates the whole core of the house, washing the interiors with all-natural beams throughout the day, while also assuming the role as a transition location in between living and sleeping quarters. Single-panel glass windows are also placed inside the interior, creating yet yet another portal for light to bounce. Huge skylights welcome this light, too, which are straight above the stairwell, exactly where 1 landing is truly a glass floor. This staircase ascends two levels and is just amazing–white-painted steel, angular in style, with methods that in fact resemble sleek, industrial fan blades.
Though situated directly on a street front plot, the rear of the residence surprises, supplying lovely views of a treescape. In reality, the principal living zone features a suspended wood-burning fireplace in front of a completely-glazed wall. This space opens on to a terrace producing yet another flow of indoor/outside living when the climate permits.
The House in Mechelen epitomizes Belgium design with its streamlined aesthetic, contemporary, organic components and no-nonsense strategy to architectural excellence.