As is the case with much of De Feyter’s work, the project’s cohesive interior focuses on a rich material palette, with a monochromatic, pared-back aesthetic. “The client bought some land to build his new office building, with the possibility to have an apartment as well,” the architect explains to us. “Along the way, he changed plans and decided to live there permanently. The build was already underway when we were contacted; it was early stages so we were able to make some necessary changes, in order to create a more personal ‘home’”. The project, also referred to as ‘Ham House’, facilitates both work and home life, creating a warm atmosphere that fulfils the owner’s practical needs.
To achieve the sophisticated aesthetic, materials including steel, stone, marble, glass, and wood were used. The client enjoys having guests for dinner and therefore requested to have a professional-looking kitchen. “One of the first things he said to me was that he didn’t need a table, which was ironic—inviting friends for dinner, but no table? What he meant was he didn’t want a traditional table where you sit down away from the kitchen, he wanted to stay in his kitchen like a captain on a ship.” Features include a marble wall made from white onyx, dark and textured built-in wooden units, and sheer, full-height curtains to soften the minimally furnished spaces.