For a unique project in Knokke, top archi- tect Dieter Vander Velpen went in search of an equally rare and eye-catching material. The marble that plays the lead in this story, also immediately summarises the entire atmosphere of the apartment.
The images shown here are from a recently finished project in Knokke, designed by Dieter Vander Velpen. It consists of three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a central living space. The apartment may have a phenomenal view of the dike and the sea, but it is mainly the dar- ing Black Oak marble inside that catches the eye. In the stone there are beautiful dynamic lines reminiscent of the waves of the sea.
Beautiful, dynamic lines reminiscent of the waves of the sea.
The stone was very deliberately chosen by Vander Velpen at Van Den Weghe, for the very clear reason that it would fully reflect the intended atmosphere of the apartment. The natural stone company has several showrooms in West Flanders and also a large studio at the head office in Zulte. The company has already been able to work with many renowned architects and supply stones for beautiful projects. For the residence you see here, they were once again able to work their magic. The client’s brief was short, but clear. When he comes into his bathroom, he wants to feel like he is in a luxury hotel. Apart from that, architect Dieter Vander Velpen was given carte blanche. It should be noted that FS Resi dence is an apartment in Knokke that was designed as a holiday residence. ‘In a house like this, you always have the chance to do something more special and really create the feeling of being away from home,’ explains the architect.
A special project that came about through a collaboration between Dieter Vander Velpen and Van Den Weghe.
It soon became clear that this would not be an average apartment by the sea. Usually in Knokke, you will find holiday residences with a very light and neutral colour palette that radiates tranquillity. De- spite having gone for a completely different approach with more con- trasts and a more daring, darker palette, the result here is the same. Vander Velpen explained it as such: ‘We always try to compose the palette of materials in such a way that it is relatively limited and that it can be extended throughout the propery, which ensures that there is peace despite the tension.’
You can read more about this unique project and the collaboration between Dieter Vander Velpen and Van Den Weghe in the March issue of Imagicasa magazine. This special ‘This is Belgian’ edition is still available in our webshop. Photography by Patricia Goijens