Location: Ghent, Belgium
Project Year: 2016
Photo: Tim Van de Velde
An underground lair is modeled on an exclusive nightclub, which lies below the coastal bachelor pad near Ghent, where the owner built cigarette and wine cellar, car lift and the view into the depths of the pool. Belgian architect studio Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects designed the residence for a man in his forties at the site near the river Leie in Sint-Martens-Latem, South-East of Ghent.
The planes are formed of concrete around the pool in the center of the plot – to form the residence. Daytime space located around its edge at ground level, with large glazed facades, allowing the owner to assess the views of the pool and the river.
A pool house is trimmed with wooden seats on one side of the main living area and sliding shutters made with gaps that block the view of passing boaters.
Many boaters make a full stop to consider the place of residence, because it is quite different from the other houses along the river.
— said Benny Govaert and Damiaan Vanhoutte, who called the project Residence VDB project.
Amidst a golf terrain-like garden lies a sculptural concrete bachelor pad, grafted on the lifestyle of its owner.
Above is a smaller concrete block, which contains the core set, and two more bedrooms and bathrooms. Terrace on the roof adjacent to the master bedroom has a sunken floor, creating a private area for the owner, giving him views of the garden. This space is created to be opened to natural light, due to the large windows. The furniture colors were chosen neutral, in contrast with the mood of the bottom residence part.
Black plastered walls, dark wood products and dim lights create a perfect atmosphere for parties. Wine bottles and cigars are installed behind the floor-to-ceiling windows, and a built-in sofa, bar and DJ booth holding the central seating area.