The house is relatively small, but Sestig’s strategically placed low mirror planes and lighted cabinet walls create extra depth. Columns, walking lines, and sight lines determine the flow in this building. Sliding doors in dark-tinted elm add a mysterious flair to the volumes. The monumental staircase, one of Sestig’s favourite themes, is conceived like a sculptural stack of natural stone blocks. It functions like a sort of vertical catwalk, its mirror walls subtly announcing the first floor. Like a fashion designer, Sestig dressed this cosmopolitan home, interpreting architecture like a kind of form-based haute couture, with contrasts between open and closed, subdued and pronounced, glossy and brute, minimalist and glamorous.
On paper this was a dream project for Graux & Baeyens Architects: a single-family home on an idyllic plot of land on the bank of the river Lys.