Transformed on a tight budget, a decrepit brick structure in Ghent breathes new life as a treehouse-like abode.
When Belgian musician and artist Jan Vandecasteele bought an old corner house property in Ghent, he saw promise in the building despite its decayed state.
“The house was completely rotten,” says Atelier Vens Vanbelle, the local architecture firm Vandecasteele tapped for the design of the new atelier and home. “A very drastic renovation was needed to make his dream come true.”
Besides rotten floorboards, the project also had a challenging budget of just 150,000 Euros—half the amount needed for a normal renovation, notes the firm. Yet, the intrepid architects took on the project with gusto and were given “carte blanche” with the design.
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