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The Tree of Ghent

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Just as the famed Treaty of 1814 called for peace between the United Kingdom and the United States, the large beech tree on Dieter Van Everbroeck's property harmonizes the relationship between site and structure.
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  The 300-year-old beech tree supplies shade, movement, sound, and color to the site, and provides a towering natural counterpoint to the renovated home's long, low expanses of glass.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The 300-year-old beech tree supplies shade, movement, sound, and color to the site, and provides a towering natural counterpoint to the renovated home's long, low expanses of glass.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Two glass facades in the living space allow for an unencumbered view of the beech tree.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    Two glass facades in the living space allow for an unencumbered view of the beech tree.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Van Everbroeck’s home office occupies the end of one arm of the building. An industrial outdoor light fixture is mounted on a black-painted steel post. The orange of the back wall was chosen to work with the glowing rays of the sunset and the silhouetted, dancing shadows of leaves.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    Van Everbroeck’s home office occupies the end of one arm of the building. An industrial outdoor light fixture is mounted on a black-painted steel post. The orange of the back wall was chosen to work with the glowing rays of the sunset and the silhouetted, dancing shadows of leaves.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The kitchen is a vibrant deep blue. "It's the same color Le Corbusier used in the corridor of his Villa Savoye in Poissy," Van Everbroeck reports.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The kitchen is a vibrant deep blue. "It's the same color Le Corbusier used in the corridor of his Villa Savoye in Poissy," Van Everbroeck reports.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Only the rear of the house suggests the building’s earlier incarnation as a 1960s bungalow, and even here the original brickwork is obscured by wood cladding.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    Only the rear of the house suggests the building’s earlier incarnation as a 1960s bungalow, and even here the original brickwork is obscured by wood cladding.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The bathroom mirrors the same materials, colors, and design principles as the rest of the building.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The bathroom mirrors the same materials, colors, and design principles as the rest of the building.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Simple wall-mounted strip lighting, seen here in the cloakroom, is used throughout the house. "The beauty is the light, not the fitting," explains Van Everbroeck.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    Simple wall-mounted strip lighting, seen here in the cloakroom, is used throughout the house. "The beauty is the light, not the fitting," explains Van Everbroeck.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Van Everbroeck’s home office occupies the end of one arm of the building.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    Van Everbroeck’s home office occupies the end of one arm of the building.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The exterior is clad in louro gamela, a tropical hardwood.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The exterior is clad in louro gamela, a tropical hardwood.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Inside the home green and blue are used for the bathroom block, dark brown for the sliding door, and orange for the wall dividing the living room from the kitchen. The floor is dark gray industrial poured concrete.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    Inside the home green and blue are used for the bathroom block, dark brown for the sliding door, and orange for the wall dividing the living room from the kitchen. The floor is dark gray industrial poured concrete.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Van Everbroeck sits on a block of insulation foam that serves as a multifunctional piece of furniture. It was chosen for its “glorious” color.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    Van Everbroeck sits on a block of insulation foam that serves as a multifunctional piece of furniture. It was chosen for its “glorious” color.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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