Previously featured in Thisispaper, widely appreciated architectural practice GRAUX & BAEYENS architects created a peaceful space for recovery in Ename (Oudenaarde), Belgium.
The architects of GRAUX & BAEYENS took a challenge to refurbish an archetypal “flemish wide-house”, located just next to the archaeological site of the St Salvator's Abbey. The place is dedicated for a psychotherapy center and also provides accommodation. The whole complex is closely adjacent to the garden, what has influence on the outcome of the architecture as well as on visitors’ and patients’ comfort.
The raw concrete structure with visible wooden formwork introduced by GRAUX & BAEYENS architects interacts with an existing building, creating intriguing play of shapes and volumes. „This self-supporting element acts as extension for the cabinets, as private terrace, access to garden and as a carport,” the architects explain. By setting the construction, the patio turned to be bounded by the old wall, thus creating privacy towards the garden. In turn the terrace created by this canopy serves as a viewpoint on the archaeological site.
In contradiction to this grey subdued building, the inner space delights with lightness, freshens and simplicity. The merger of pure whiteness and thick wooden ceiling beams serves as a perfect background to regeneration of ones inner life.