Belgian architect Juul Van Leysen’s brutalist-style residence gracefully emerges from the hillside.
In 1996 Belgian architect Juul Van Leysen, founder of the firm Holistic Architecture, designed this family home to cut into the slope of its countryside location. Reading like a bunker tucked into the landscape, the ivy-lined, concrete structure fans outward as it emerges from the hillside, revealing a full-length glass facade along the end.
Inside, Van Leysen embraced a brutalist aesthetic with exposed concrete walls contrasted with wood-paneled ceilings and natural stone floors. The timeless mix of materials extends throughout the interior, which is flooded with natural light thanks to the double-height glass facade.
Located near the Dutch border east of Brussels, the home’s one-and-a-half-acre lot provides a quiet setting overlooking a protected nature reserve. The nearly 5,000-square-foot home offers four bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as an office and multiple living areas. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for €1,495,000 (or about $1,664,000).