architecture, design — September 23, 2009 5:59 pm


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Located on the outskirts of Gent, Belgium’s third-largest city, is this stunning private sanctuary done by Wim Goes Architectuur. More images and information after the jump:

In this residential structure, Goes created an elegant facade that encompasses both visual and structural grace. The facade is created from slim strips of wood (only 6 x 8 centimeters in cross-section) selected for the straightness of the growth rings in each piece of wood. And although the wood will still warp slightly in the rain and sun, this does not pose a structural problem because the facade does not need to bear wind load — the wind will blow right through the strips. The only structural load the wood strips must carry is the vertical load of the roof.

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  • looks great – like it!

  • fantastic! love seeing the pond get integrated instead of avoided.

  • Weekend RETREAT! Amazing use of wood architecture. Sexy lake diggs! Vertical facades are opaque to outside, yet allow view of lake and garden from within. I can picture myself lazing about on the dock and even really enjoying some time with the family while gathered about that awesome fire pit.

    Multi-planar use of small plank wood beams at floor and ceiling makes it look like a builder’s nightmare (but we could handle it). Anyone here speak Flemish? I sure don’t but I would like to visit this place if they’re willing to accept a sawdust producing, mono-linguistic American.

    Wim Goes is an award-winning architect, born in 1969 in Ghent. Wim Goes Architectuur was established in 1997 and the firm’s work includes private, public and retail projects, ranging from the stunning Yohji Yamamoto flagship store in a neoclassic building in Antwerp, to museum, office and design environments. This year, he was chosen as one of the 40 under 40 European Architects by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

  • Amazing………….. nice architects. Its lovely.

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  • I am really amazed by the design of this
    wooden house
    . Although it looks small, it seems that the house is comfortable for an individual or a small family who prefers to live in a quiet environment that is close to nature. Wooden house should be constructed from raw materials that are taken from a sustainable timber industry.

  • Wonderful blend of architecture, landscape and site. Has it all: interpenetration of space, materials, sustainable design