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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Sea Side Appartement in Knokke-Heist, Belgium by OOZE

 
February 2nd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: OOZE

Knokke-Heist is a mythical “cité balnéaire” in Belgium. The apartment lies on the 2nd floor with a view over the Rubensplein.

Despite its generous size, the typology of the flat is very long and narrow which makes the current layout very inefficient with regard to corridors and effective living spaces. A clear reorganization of the internal partitions and bathroom layouts enables us to develop a new specific concept not only for the space and the materials, but also for the display of the client art collection, a mini “personal museum” A frame to look out at the ocean and towards the beach in the daytime, the apartment becomes a glowing space to look into at night time.

Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch

  • Architect: OOZE
  • Name of Project: Sea Side  Appartement
  • Location: Knokke-Heist, Belgium
  • Type of Project: Holiday Apartment for a Dutch art collector
  • Photo: Jeroen Musch, Eric Klarenbeck and Ooze
  • Date: Completed July 2010

Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch

  • Areas: 150 m2
  • Client: Confidential
  • Team: Eva Pfannes, Sylvain Hartenberg, Mauricio Freyre and Rene Sangers
  • Consultant:
  • Artist:
    • Mobile Kitchen / Tiles: Maxime Ansiau
    • Dining-table: OOZE & Vincent de Rijk – Designer
    • Curtain: Erick Klarenbeek – Designer
    • Site manager: Ruben Cattrysse – Crux architecten

Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch

Increasing the perception of generous space was the prime goal pursued in order to provide a new living experience within. The idea was to blur the limits of the rooms to maximize the impression, the continuity and the fluidity of space.

This was achieved by a careful planning of niches integrated into the walls creating pockets on both sides, extending the volume from one side to the other.

These miniature rooms are not touching the ground. They are perceived as floating elements, with the floor opening out below them. The fact that the edges of the ground are not visible increases the virtual gain of space.

Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch

Immateriality and materiality are used in a dynamic way to provide a clear context of the outdoor / indoor feel, transparencies and reflections:

-Concrete for walls, ceilings, and niches

-Highly reflective glass for bathrooms and cross visual panels.

-Natural wooden floor salvaged from the original Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam creating a continuous surface that morphs into furniture, inducing this feeling of unity and space. The provenance of the floor constitutes a reference to the art world important for the client’s “personal museum”.

-Collaboration with the artist Maxime Ansiau has led to the design of specific tiles for the bathrooms, with manipulated illustrations of original Dutch landscapes.

-Layered curtains by Designer Erick Klarenbeck are overlaying boats and dune landscapes

They create an indoor landscape that expresses a close relationship between the client and his home country, the Netherlands.

Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch

Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch

Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch

Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch

Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch

Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch

Images Courtesy Eric Klarenbeck

Images Courtesy Eric Klarenbeck

Images Courtesy Ooze

Images Courtesy Ooze

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One Response to “Sea Side Appartement in Knokke-Heist, Belgium by OOZE”

  1. gr8ui says:

    Does anybody know more about the luminaires which can be seen on nearly all of the pictures?

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