Sand Castle - Wallpaper* Magazine
Concrete and glass house on Belgian coast designed as a minimal canvas
Architecture studio i.s.m.architecten has created a seaside retreat in the Belgian costal town of Oostduinkerke for a busy Antwerp-based family. The concept, developed in partnership with designer Paul Ibens, combines two residences under one roof.
‘The first thing that struck us was the unique setting’, explains Koen Pauwels of i.s.m.architecten. ‘The building plot is part of a dune landscape that extends into the neighbouring nature reserve. From the start, we wanted to respect the natural slope and the typical vegetation on the site and work with it, rather than against it. To give the building a modest appearance in this environment, we decided to partly embed it into the dune.’