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Atelier Vens Vanbelle Created a Beautiful Home from an Old School in Ghent

 - Mar 13, 2018
References: vensvanbelle.be & dezeen
The heritage-listed school building in Ghent, Belgium, was constructed in 1908 and architects at Atelier Vens Vanbelle stood up to the challenge of finding a use for the "unusable" building with beautiful arched living spaces that extended from the windows to the newly constructed rooms. Through this nonstandard approach, Atelier Vens Vanbelle "enhance the connection between the interior and its surroundings by creating tube-like spaces aligned with these glazed surfaces," while preserving the heritage-listed facade and creating a vintage Victorian-like feel to the interior.

In order to not alienate the inside from the outside world, the new constructs are deliberately created to be arched living spaces, as the extruded walls incorporate key functionality features such as storage, built-in appliances, worktops or even "a desk and shelving in the office [space]."