In a same way as the global lifestyle changes, so do the needs and requirements of people regarding their homes change. This means that historical buildings may not always suit the needs of their contemporary residents, since they were adjusted for a different era. Certain clients of the architectonic studio GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten lived in this sort of house from the early 20th century. Now, they live in a rennovated and modernized home – the result of a project called W-DR.
Only minimal interventions were executed on the old construction, most notably the creation of a new and larger bathroom on the top floor. The original building was expanded by an additional room towards the garden. This room is connected with the ground floor, since it serves as the centre of everyday activity of the whole household. The leitmotif of the house is subtlety and cleanliness, nearing absolute minimalism and abstraction. The space is further lightened by skylights, which provide light deep into the interior of the house.
Belgian architectonic office MDW Architecture finished a transformation of a scrap metal market site into a residential building. The industrial footprint of the structure is reflected in the choice of materials. The facade is lined with galvanized steel, commonly seen in factories. In contrast to the steel, wooden elements soften the whole image of the object. This complex, designed for residential accommodation is divided into several parts. Directly in contact with the street, the ferroconcrete raster serves as a visual protection and also as a support for decorative natural vines.
Residential part is split into two buildings, each containing different types of apartments. The front part accomodates 4 units with two to four bedrooms. The back part is made of three maisonettes offering higher standard spaces. The buildings are connected by an open forecourt, where the architects created a topographical landscape. The same style has can be seen on three terraces. The parking spaces are located underground and thus completely visually differentiated.
Floors from Flowcrete are currently in the spotlight in shopping and entertainment development in Belgium. Producer of unusual floors set the bar high for flooring in a new Médiacité centre in Liege, Belgium. The environmentally friendly centre represents a start of a renewal process of the centre of the third largest Belgian city. Flowcrete is a visually very impressive and easily maintainable floor for instance for fitness centres designed to meet all environmental norms.
Cheshire company supplied over 10,800 square meters of material, which was used for all the main walkways in the centre. The material consisting of a creative mix of natural marble pieces and a coloured resin is aesthetic and durable preserving its flawless appearance for 25 years. A unique pattern of blue, grey, cream and beige hues was used specifically in this centre.