A Major Restoration Updated This Midcentury Landmark in Belgium

A Belgian couple abide by strict preservation rules to breathe new life into an International Style villa by architect Lucien Engels.

When Simon Mason first saw his future home in the Belgian hamlet of Elewijt, near Brussels, he thought all it needed were some modern electrical outlets, maybe a new kitchen and bathroom. But in truth, Villa Engels, designed in 1958 by the modern architect Lucien Engels, who lived there with his family for the next half century before moving into assisted living, was far from ready to accommodate Simon, his wife, and their two young kids.

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