This alpine getaway is exactly made for escaping the daily hectic. From the moment you step into this space, the mood is set. You have arrived in the alps. A wooden framework of natural oak will receive you, and lead you onwards to discover your stay. On your way, beyond turning points, behind hidden doors and hallways, you will find various spaces which each offers a different perspective. As in the mountains, views change often depending on your location. This cabin lets you discover itself in similar ways.
Like a tree, letting its roots connect to its surroundings by getting a solid grip below surface, the main wooden gure seeks its way into its new environment. Light appears from various slits and brightens up all the spaces, each in their unique way. It creates a special atmosphere or emphasises the carved out directing angles. In between, rock formations alternate the woodwork, housing in their turn water and re, as they tend to do in nature.
Bruno Helbling fotografie
Initially the apartment was a really common space, with a long tiny corridor lining up all the rooms, closing them very much. The aim was to create a big and light feel inside this compact space. By opening up the kitchen to the living room, one large space emerges, revealing the view towards the lake.
A wooden block, bringing all functional spaces together (storage and bedrooms), was inserted in the existing structure. This is the backbone of the apartment, connecting the front to the back. It develops itself like a sculpture and strongly contrasts with the surrounding white walls. Guided by indirect light carved into the wood, the inhabitants find their way intuitively throughout the different spaces.
An ensuite bathroom featuring a sliding door and a wider opening to the master bedroom increases the exchange between both spaces. The view to the garden runs along the 3 facades like a green frame contrasting with the white and bright atmosphere of the rooms.
Bruno Helbling fotografie
the first time the young couple walked into their newly revamped apartment they had quite a surprise, we were happy they had it. 160 m2 in the heart of brussels. by stripping the existing structure down to its essentials, the space opened itself up nicely into various lounges organised around two boxes. The private areas are in the back and at the entrance you find a public area displaying a breathtaking view over the entire city.
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