A detail does not exist in itself, but by definition through a larger whole. However, details have a major influence on the experience of a building, such as jointing and masonry, the treatment of bluestone or applications in joinery. They are not just nice accents, but often essential characteristics of a particular architectural style.

"Details establish a gradual and discreet relationship with the attentive observer."
‐ Stefaan Grieten, collection manager

Collection Library

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Monday to Friday: from 9am to 5pm
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Closed: 25.12.2023-31.12.2023

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