Were Jul De Roover still alive, he would be able to move right in: De Meester and Vliegen left the original distribution of the rooms and functions completely intact. A long corridor still leads to the core of the house, a swirly spiral staircase servicing all the areas. By contemporary standards, their kitchen and bathroom are rather small, but De Roover’s architectural flow was so good that little intervention was needed. The house is a tighter fit architecturally now, for instance with the brass facade lamellas, the marble entrance, and the big landscape window in the television room. But no huge transformations took place here. The architects even used old pictures to have furniture made in modern style. Yet, their house is no vintage-filled nostalgic trip. They live in harmony with today's comfort and aesthetics, as evidenced by their sizable collection of contemporary art. If this modernist attached house proves one thing, it is that living in a contemporary and quality way can be a timeless idea.
The Haus der Künst in Munich, the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome and Munich's Tempelhof Flughafen: these three buildings are from the inter-war period with monumental airs.