“The challenge lay in converting a rather soulless, new-build villa into a warm, sustainable, and modern home,” explains De Malsche to IGNANT. The studio devised a new arrangement of space for the ground floor area, strengthening the central axis through the house by visually closing off the staircase and creating a more intimate entrance hall. Wide openings let the natural surroundings and light flood in, adding to the feeling of spatial abundance. “The main goal was to create a clean, minimal but informal atmosphere, based around natural materials,” the architect continues. The practice contrasted the rough structures of the deep brushed oak panelling, patinated metal finishes, and sanded travertine stone, with fragile fabrics in the closet doors and refined details. Details found throughout, such as in the dark mineral plaster flooring—are a reference to the dark soil of the neighboring natural park—with earth tones giving the space a calming presence, while the red travertine stone adds a subtle touch of color to the overall interior. The result is an atmosphere of sophistication and tranquility, defined by a unified design language and continuity of materials.