Villa V in T
Le Corbusier's white villas such as Villa Savoye and Villa Le Lac can be seen as a perfect summary of the modern architectural vocabulary. Since then, white villas became a symbol for refined taste and good living. A perfect example is Villa V in T by Beel & Achtergael architecten, a villa stuffed with jaw-dropping contemporary art
Situated in a busy street with several types of industries and habitation, the owner desired an architectural island. The architects answered this wish by proposing an U-shaped building: closed off to the outside world while opening up to the patio and garden. By entirely glazing the inside of the u-form, the circulation to the bedrooms and dining/ living room became part of the the social core of the house. This also includes the car-park which serves as a reception/party place when the cars sleep outside (hence the dico-ball studded ceiling).
But what's more noticeable are the artworks. The world famous Kate Moss statue by Marc Quinn overlooks the pool and patio while Anish Kapoor's mirror reflects the white interior. An interior filled with design classics, we recognize the flow coach by Belgian designer Xavier Lust mixed with all time Scandinavian classics by Eero Saarinen and Eero Aarnio.
But what we truly love is the birdcage in the living room. Not sure if it's an artwork or actually a birdcage on a pedestal, but you can spot birds inside! This little element makes the house a home and destroys the "don't touch" aspect! We also have to give credits to Filip Dujardin's architectural photography which captures perfectly this homey feeling.