Renowned painter and sculptor Stief Desmet was in need of a sizable artist space to accommodate his needs and his larger works. He commissioned Belgian studio Graux & Baeyens Architecten for the project. The firm embraced the notion of the pared-back environment, eliminating distracting aesthetic cues and ultimately curating an artist space that is "sober but brutal." A strong industrial vibe is felt throughout the spacious and airy layout, contributing to the distraction-free atmosphere, however, also achieving a level of style through contemporary sensibilities.
The atelier is divided into two main spaces — one is double-height, embracing "the coldest materials." This includes bare concrete and breeze blocks. The other volume, on the other hand, is a wooden cuboid that offers a little bit more warmth.
Photo Credits: Jeroen Verrecht