- City: Westerlo
- Country: Belgium
Text description provided by the architects. HISTORY :
The 16th century farmhouse in Westerlo (Belgium) has been selected as a candidate for the Flemish Monument Prize Province of Antwerp.
Recently this farmhouse has been completely rebuilt, restored, and converted into a doctor's office. The history of this historic farmhouse dates back to 1595. In the 17th century it was a part of The Abbey of Tongerlo.
It survived the Boer War in 1798 and in 2002 it was listed as a monument by historic preservation because of its historical value.
Five years ago the new owner, a Home and Sports Doctor, wanted to restore the monument.
For the interior design of his doctor’s office and sportslab he hired VAN STAEYEN INTERIOR ARCHITECTS
The challenge for Interior Architect Johan Van Staeyen was to transfer the old farmhouse into a pleasant and modern professional space for the doctor and his patients.
Because the building is a protected monument there were some restrictions in regards to what materials could be used. Within a loose structure, independent of the existing walls, old and new were harmoniously brought together.
Van Staeyen was given carte blanche within a defined budget.
The old farmhouse had a lot of character which Van Staeyen absolutely wanted to keep. The end result being charm and authenticity combined with functionality.