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Past Meets Present (Roomy and comfortable)

There is some thing approximately the vacation season that fills me up. And each year i look ahead to it … to the merriment and precise will; to the vacation treats and xmas libations; to the mantels and banisters dressed with boughs of greenery; to the twinkling lighting; to the spirit of christmas and all it guarantees. Yet as soon as the vacations come to an give up i am extensively sated, to mention the least. Complete, you could say. And so, each yr, i stay up for the alternative of feeling complete, to a cleaning of mind, body and spirit. I sit up for getting lower back to the fundamentals.

The compound featured in these days’s submit characterizes my new yr’s nation of thoughts, proposing a group of barns and outbuildings renovated and designed by way of the extraordinary architect vincent van duysen in his inimitable elemental style. Located in the farming town of zwevegem, belgium, near the french border, van duysen turned into supplied with the task of reconciling the beyond with the existing. Local constructing codes require that precise ancient worth architectural elements live intact, preserving the important architectural individual of flemish united states of america houses. This intended the terra-cotta roof tiles had to stay. However absolutely the whole thing else became re-imagined, from the floor up. To honor the nearby architectural vernacular van duysen put up outside brick partitions protected with mild colored conventional clay-and-plaster, known as kalei (lime wash).

To offer the interiors with a sense of openness and light van duysen mounted big floor-to-ceiling windows at some point of, and saved substances to a minimum. Free of extraneous decor his rooms breathe. A monochromatic scheme of plaster white, stone gray, bleached straw and smoky charcoal permits the perspectives of the countryside beyond the photograph windows to take middle level, and soothe the mind, frame and soul. The principle house contains one among three barns; the second houses the stable and storage, and the third an indoor swimming pool. If the vacations left you feeling over-indulged, step into these sybaritic areas designed with simplicity, comfort and peacefulness in thoughts.

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