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Residence VV by Pieter Vanrenterghem


Belgian architecture is characterised by its serene minimalism, warmth and authenticity, and the work of Pieter Vanrenterghem is a shining example. Known for his breathtakingly beautiful projects which imbue a timeless tranquility and acute sense of detail, the interior architect has built an incredible body of work. Today I’m excited to share one of his projects with you, Residence VV.

Located in Kortrijk on the city fringe, the residence was designed for a young couple who desired a warm, simple home that would take them from the present through to the future, and stand the test of time. With an exacting approach, Pieter started by writing a clear program for the design. He describes this part of the process — listening to the clients and identifying their needs, wishes and habits — as the most important part, and one that is both continuous and interesting. Developing and designing until it is finally finished, the resulting home showcases clean lines softened with pure, honest materials that add a human touch.

Using materials that age beautifully is an element that can be seen throughout Pieter’s work. He says a house is not a showroom, it needs to be lived in, and he loves the natural patina that develops over time. For Residence VV, Pieter chose a mix of travertine with a brutal treated surface from Hullebusch, brushed wood and hand applied tadelakt. The latter, a durable waterproof plaster surface traditionally used in Moroccan architecture, has a soft, undulating character. The pastellone flooring is by Odilon Creations. A tactile combination of finishes, together they provide a natural earthy palette that includes the stone’s subtle nuances in colour and movement and the warmth of the wood. Textile furnishings including curtains and rugs were chosen to compliment the overall feel.

The refined interior aesthetics are further enhanced by a careful curation of furniture that includes a mix of iconic designs such as the CH24 Wishbone Chairs from Carl Hansen & Son, and contemporary pieces like the Muller Van Severen Duo Seat from Valerie Objects.

 Photography by Thomas De Bruyne

Images courtesy of Pieter Vanrenterghem

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