An Architect Couple Handcraft a Rustic Haven at the Edge of a Belgian Forest

An Architect Couple Handcraft a Rustic Haven at the Edge of a Belgian Forest

By Dwell / Photos by Tim Van de Velde
Apart from the structural work and technical fittings, nearly everything was built by hand.

Annemie Lathouwers grew up in a forested enclave on the outskirts of Antwerp, Belgium. A nature preserve filled with stately pines, the area lured her back when she and her husband, David D’Hulst, began thinking about trading their house in the city for greener surroundings. Eventually, the opportunity arose to buy the lot between her parents’ house and the homes of her two married siblings, all giving on to the same patch of woods. The couple, both architects, decided to complete the family compound of sorts with a new house for them and their two young children.

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