• Pieterjan
  • Alabama
  • Brown emperador
  • Forest brown
If interior architecture was a type of fashion, Pieterjan would be a haute-couture tailor. The Ghent interior architect adapts his designs to his clients and their buildings. ‘Baking waffles in an always recognisable style’, as he puts it, is not his thing. He approaches his design projects not as an exercise in style, but as a personalised study of flow, volumetrics, and storytelling. His answer must be congruent with the genius loci, the soul of the place. While he did get carte blanche from his client for this luxury pied-à-terre, his design is completely grafted upon the apartment building’s organic exterior architecture.

The vaulted facade and slanted columns were the starting point of Pieterjan’s intervention. But instead of covering up that endoskeleton, he accentuated the structural elements with grey textured paint and facade-width curtains. The curves return in the 20-meter curved corridor and custom work, which is rounded throughout. Just look at the edges of the marble kitchen floor or the shower wall: the same curves return consistently, both horizontally and vertically.

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Despite the 400 m² floor surface and immense glazed facade, Pieterjan still manages to introduce small doses of intimacy and homeliness. Cohesion is obtained by the use of a limited range of materials which serve to sharply delineate the different areas. The entrance is a massive box of natural stone, as are the kitchen and bathroom. In contrast, when you get to the living room and bedrooms, you find parquet and carpet. This pied-à-terre reads link an exciting circuit. It leads you along tactile and rigid materials, man-cave and boudoir areas, intimate and opulent luxury.

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