Who says architecture has to be complicated? Ghent-based Architecture studio GAFPA incorporated simple, low-cost materials into a minimalist structure to create an incredibly tranquil weekend home in Belgium. Located in the East Flanders town of Wachtebeke, the home's determinedly bare-bones design gives the interior a quiet serenity reminiscent of traditional Japanese design.
Although the home’s paneled cladding and chunky form gives off a prefabricated modular feel, it neither of these things. It is, however, built on a concrete platform with wooden feet that raise the structure off the ground, similar to traditional Japanese architecture.
The odd U-shape layout divides the home’s interior into two separate living spaces that lead to open-air terraces on either end. In another nod to Japanese design, a small tree sits in between the two living spaces, bringing nature “inside” through large floor-to-ceiling windows.
Simple materials complete the home’s interior design, including plywood walls, polished screed flooring and basic metal fixtures. A winding staircase at the heart of the living space is the only somewhat frivolous detail found inside. Although the home design is quite simplistic, the primary objective was to provide an uncluttered space for the residents. According to the studio, “The weekend house gives its residents the chance to escape from everyday life. In its lightness, it seems only temporary.”
Photography by Tim Van de Velde