Architecture buffs will perk up to know that a 1963 residence by Brutalist architect Juliaan Lampens is on the market in Marke, Belgium, near the city of Kortrijk in West Flanders.
In true Lampens style, the residence’s flat, low roof allows it to hide from view. A thick row of manicured hedges lines the property, creating an oasis of calm, while a winding cobblestone drive adds a hint of charm.
Upon entry, a wide corridor leads into the main living area, where Lampen’s fascination with Scandinavian post-war design can be sensed. Extensive glazing opens the interior to the back lawn, capturing panoramic views of lush greenery. Refinished wood ceilings add a layer of warmth to the overall concrete form.
Supporting brick walls run through the residence and continue outdoors. A freestanding, sculptural fireplace also serves as a central divider, separating the primary living spaces with the nearby sleeping areas.
In total, the home offers four bedrooms—three of which overlook the backyard garden—and one bath. Concrete terraces also line the property, encouraging indoor/outdoor living. The large backyard is fully bordered, offering a serene retreat from the neighboring city.
Born in Belgium in 1926, Lampens received international praise for his Brutalist structures, including 35 residences. One of his most well-known projects is the 1972 Van Wassenhove House located outside Ghent, which allows visitors to arrange overnight stays as a way to more fully experience the intricate design.
House D, located at Sperlekestraat 7, in Kortrijk, Belgium, is currently listed for €545,000 (approximately $655,800 USD) by Kristof Welleman of ArchitectenWoning.
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