In the Flemish farmlands, on a parcel fringed with pollard willows and surrounded by swamps, a pond and shrubbery, a typical north – south oriented farmhouse, built by ‘Wim Goes Architectuur’ is situated. The refuge is made of wood. The wood forms a patina, maturing with time to find its beauty. An inner space can be protected from winds, temperature and sound by sliding doors.

The freedom to change the refuge with the change of nature, architecture becomes a kind of tool in between the landscape and the human presence. It’s a learning process to interact with the elements. The ever changing meteorological conditions will change the inhabitants and so the architecture. Living with nature is nor an esthetical question nor a formal behaviour. It’s a state of mind.

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