This 19th century house located on a corner of a street in Ghent, Belgium, has been completely renovated under the direction of the architects Graux and Baeyens. These architects have their studio in the same city, perhaps because of that they have managed to capture the spirit of the house so well. The environment, next to the channel that connects Ghent with the sea, with its docks, the old train tracks, all that industrial and nineteenth-century air that surrounds the house give it a very special character that the architects have managed to preserve in the rehabilitation and adaptation of the house to the modern life of a young Belgian family.
The place undeniably has charm and the house stands out with its black color on the gray canvas of the Belgian sky. The water of the canal reflecting the pale sky, the cobbled street and wounded by the tracks, we can almost see a picture of Van Gogh in this image.
The project began emptying the interior of the construction, in ruins, of all its original or accumulated excesses. Only the façade, the stairwell and the roof remain intact, at least in terms of form. These original elements act as layers to contain the new rehabilitated spaces. The windows are one of the most characteristic points of the renovation, that linear design provides great depth and in the case of the large windows provide wonderful views.
The original walls have been maintained, although the brick that gives them a black color has been painted. Contrast doubly so, for the texture and color with the new coatings. It really is wonderful the work done with the windows, from outside the house does not seem to be so open to the outside. The views from inside the house are delightful.
In the staircase, which as we said has been preserved, the original wooden floor has been maintained and with little treatment. The contrast between the old and the new is very marked and gives a special character to this modern and functional house.