Residence DBB is a project designed by Brugge-based practice Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects in 2016. The team has renovated and extended Farmhouse Burkeldijk and fortress Hazegras with barracks dating back to 1785. Now, this contemporary complex called Residence DBB consists of a home for an estate agent and his family, along with a bed and breakfast business The Bunkers. The total floor area of the structures, located in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, is 566m² (6,092ft)².
“A place is a space which has a distinct character,” Norberg-Schulz postulates in Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture. Scanning the natural and built environment in search of hidden visual patterns and translating these elegantly into a contemporary architecture project is the mission he spreads. An empathy which is not unfamiliar to Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects. Owing to about five sensitive heritage sites on its curriculum, the Bruges situated architecture office already developed such an affinity with the historical architecture and atmosphere of West-Flanders that the approach for fortress Hazegras and its surroundings feels like a second nature.
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Photographs by Tim Van de Velde
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