Gent-based architecture firm Juma Architects has overhauled a dilapidated old town house in Bruges, Belgium, to create a modern and sleek home with due respect for the past. Although the house is located in the city centre, it welcomes one with an immediate feeling of tranquillity. The design is sophisticated and pure and conveys a sense of understated luxury through its detailing and use of beautiful materials.
The façade was fully restored to its former glory through an elaborate process of sandblasting and liming. The wooden windows were renovated according to the original model and fitted with soundproof glass. The entrance door is original and was painted in high-gloss black, as were the garage door and dormers, forming a stark contrast with the light-coloured façade.
Entering the house is pure enjoyment as one’s gaze is immediately drawn to the rear patio overlooking the swimming pond. The patio has a covered terrace with an integrated fireplace and sauna. This cosy outdoor area is used intensively throughout the whole year.
The interior is furnished with many custom-made furniture pieces that create a quiet overall effect. The subtle colour palette was applied throughout the house and brings unity. Juma architects also selected the loose pieces of furniture and often opted for round, soft shapes to create a cosy and inviting whole. A home automation system was installed and the heating system was concealed where possible through a clever use of convectors or underfloor heating.