The contribution made by BURO II & ARCHI+I is convincing. A new volume demarcates two ourtyards. The first adjoins the main house and the second is situated next to the former school building. Between the two courtyards lies a communal space made entirely in glass. All of the housing units possess a terrace with a view over one of the courtyards. The first courtyard functions as the reception area. Visitors to the brasserie, the residents’ relatives and tourists coming to rent a scooter will all encounter each other here. It is a very accessible and lively place. The second courtyard has a more private character. A patio occupies one half that, one floor down, adjoins a swimming pool, a hairdressing salon, a fitness room, a library and the underground car park. The architects have opted for glossy, hotel-style architecture that incorporates white finishes and large expanses of glass. This gives a sense of luxury, a feeling of being part of an exclusive venue in a stunning landscape.
Author: Oswald Devisch. This text has been published in the Architecture Review Flanders N°11. Embedded Architecture.