Govaert & Vanhoutte


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Exterior, Residential, Interior, Living room, Kitchen, Bar, Bathroom


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The river Leie, that runs through the historic city of Ghent is well known for its leisure boating. A bit further downstream from the city centre of Ghent, many boats reduce throttle or come to a full stop to gaze upon a residence, quite different from the other houses along the river.

Amidst a golf terrain like garden lies a sculptural concrete bachelor pad, grafted on the lifestyle of its owner. The view from the river shows a long floating horizontal concrete framework that defines the ground floor, inside as well as outside. The entire ground floor area is strongly directed towards the river. Most parts of the façade are completely glazed to allow as much visibility with the garden and river as possible.

Nightly activities reside underground. Descending the stairs along the glazed front façade, the bright ground floor becomes dark & cosy in the cave. Wood and black Moroccan tadelakt set the tone. The focus in the basement lies on the big window behind the bar, revealing the inside of the pool.

The bar in front of the pool window, a DJ booth, a glazed wine cabinet, the long lounge benches, an area reserved for exclusive cars and a built in cigar cabinet are the embodiment of an exclusive underground club.

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