A 16th-century estate in Bruges, Belgium, is recast as an eloquent family home, offering a new narrative through exquisite finishes and bespoke artistry.

Taking on the renovation of a 16th-century estate requires a fearless spirit. This grand dame in Bruges has received a second life, thanks to the tenacious architectural vision of Simon de Burbure Architects and their dedication to an intensive, four-year design journey that honoured the age-old traditional craftsmanship at every step of the way.

The reframing of this 16th-century estate originally started with a scope for a renovation but evolved quickly into a partial reconstruction involving two side-wing extensions. “Before the current owner, the property had been occupied for the last 20 years by an elderly lady who didn’t use most of the rooms. Our team was incredibly fortunate to be able to dissect this monument to the very bone and transform it into a city palace,” Simon de Burbure says.

This article is a preview of ‘Former Glory’ featured inside the latest issue of est magazine, Celebrating 50. 

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