To show just how dedicated he is to art, a Dutch art collector focused the renovation of his spacious residence on the use of beautiful wood he reclaimed from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Designed by Ooze Architects, the open plan of the apartment displays not only the quality of the wood and other delicate design details, but the client’s vast and diverse collection that is dispersed throughout the space. The resulting modern interior is a fitting venue for any lover of modern art.
Located on the waterfront in Belgium, the large loft is bookended with large windows overlooking the Rubensplein. Ooze wanted to evoke a gallery-like setting that would not compete with the art work, so they exposed the building’s concrete walls. The concrete remains unfinished and runs through much of the apartment. Reorganizing the interior space, Ooze removed much of the apartment’s walls and partitions in order to open it up and to create a micro museum effect. Instead, “floating” walls hang to act as room partitions, but do not touch the floor — this accentuates a feeling of a continuous space.
In fact, pieces of an actual museum appear throughout the entire apartment. The rough hewn wooden floor is made from reclaimed wood from the Rijksmuseum in Rotterdam. The wood floor runs throughout the flat, wrapping up walls and also the pedestals used for the client’s sculpture collection.
Having few windows, the apartment and artwork are lit with cable lamps that run along the ceilings, and are angled toward the artwork. Ooze also installed reflective surfaces to illuminate the interior. The bathrooms, elevated on platform, are concealed behind glossy blue glass.
With Ooze’s renovation, the client’s artwork was carefully installed, with paintings hanging on the walls and also the ceilings. The bedroom curtains were designed by Eric Klarenbeek, and even the bathroom tiles got the museum treatment- having been designed by artist Maxime Ansiau.