For €795K, You Can Buy This Boxy Belgian Home With a Surprisingly Colorful Interior

For €795K, You Can Buy This Boxy Belgian Home With a Surprisingly Colorful Interior

By Kathryn M.
Inside, it’s divided into “living zones” differentiated by bold hues. Electric yellow, anyone?

Perspective buyers of this home in the suburbs of Brussels, Belgium, are in for a surprise. Not only is the timber structure a departure from the standard brick homes in the rural area, but the vivid blue and yellow interior makes quite an impression.

This recently listed home near Brussels features colorful interior rooms that punctuate the facade. Each of the "color boxes," as the architects call them, also offer glass doors that slide open and pocket away into the wall for a seamless connection between the indoors and out.

A recessed porch partially conceals an entrance at one end of the home. Vertical wood planks along the facade create a more passive appearance that then contrasts with the bold interior. 

Designed by Antwerp-based Binst Architects in 2012, the single-story home was conceived as a pavilion that integrates into its surroundings with glass walls, concealed exterior doors, and two colorful alcoves that penetrate the facade. The alcoves—one of which is used as a TV room and the other as a library—branch off of a central living area and feature sliding glass doors that open each space to the lawn.

The single-level floor plan is designed around a central kitchen and living area, with different "living zones" painted in bold shades to reflect their purpose and desired feeling.

Here, the TV room is painted in a vivid blue, adding a bold pop of color during the daytime and transitioning into a calming space for relaxing at night.

The kitchen features a wall of black cabinetry contrasted by an all-white central island, which features built-in seating that was custom designed by the architect.

In addition to the library and TV room, the nearly 2,400-square-foot interior manages to fit in a large kitchen and living area, as well as a formal dining space, office, four bedrooms, and one bathroom. 

Outside, the garden comes with a lily pad-strewn pond and a patio complete with a built-in kitchen. Also included is a detached, two-car garage that currently doubles as a potters studio but offers opportunities for various other uses. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for €795,000 (approximately $930,000). 

Doors to each of the home's four bedrooms are integrated into various walls around the home.

The central living space opens to a glass-walled dining area and office in the corner.

Full-height glass the dining area and office overlooks the backyard garden, which can also be accessed by a door at the end.

In the opposite corner, a small library inspires creativity and captures sunlight with its bright yellow walls, ceilings, and floor.

A look at the home's only bathroom, which is accessible from the library.

Each of the bedrooms feature exterior shutters that close flush with the facade.

The small pond is a charming addition to the .33-acre site, which is located about 18 miles north of Brussels in the village of Kapelle-op-den-Bos, Belgium.

Situated in a rear corner of the lot, the partially covered patio comes with a large space for dining, as well as an outdoor kitchen.

One section of the two-car garage is currently used as a studio and workspace. Glass doors open the room up to sunlight and fresh air.

Inside, built-in shelving and cabinetry offer many opportunities for using the space.

Another view of the main house shows the front facade, which is partially shielded from the street by a row of hedges.

Similar to the interior treatment, a concealed door in the timber-clad exterior opens into a hidden entry area and utility space.

Studio House J, located at Waterloostraat 4 in Kapelle-op-den-Bos, Belgium, is currently listed for €795,000 (approximately $930,000) by Kristof Welleman of ArchitectenWoning. 

Project Credits:

Architecture: Binst Architects

Construction: Moors - Ramen en Deuren nv

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