- Architecture & development
You only have to look at it to know that this project is one of Laura Calleeuw’s. Our partner succeeded again in creating a design that completely satisfies her client, and this time she did so at sea in De Panne. With a creative and thoughtful eye she gave Het Zilte a practical and unique layout.
Even though this apartment is limited in size, Calleeuw could echo the vastness of the sea inside. She did so, among others, by using a lot of windows that bring the beautiful views permanently inside. Next to this, the numerous sloping walls were a central challenge, considering that built-in cabinets were almost impossible because of this. To create more space aesthetically, it was decided to give the custom-made furniture curved contours instead of edges. This was not only a smart move for the visuality, but it also avoided that the residents would hurt themselves on sharp edges.
Since there was little room for a separate dining table and the necessary passages, the island fulfils several functions.
Another hurdle was the lay-out of the living area. Namely, it was important to have a direct view on the TV, but of course the sea sights needed to receive the deserved attention as well. Next to this, the living kitchen asked for an open connection to interact with the larger whole. The solution that Calleeuw came up with is a multifunctional set-up of the sofa. The client can adjust and extend it as they like. Nevertheless, it is not the sofa but the multifunctional island that is the eyecatcher when you enter the apartment. Since there was little room to place a separate dining table and provide the necessary passages, the island fulfils several functions. It contains a cooking- and rinse zone with workspace and splashback; the latter is simultaneously the back of a bench that belongs to a dining table and a few separate chairs. Project Het Zilt is a delight to the eye, thanks to the calmness that the spaces exude. The soft colour palette receives the deserved recognition for this, because the peaceful tints are an indispensable aspect of the general sphere. Calleeuw used many beige tones that remind of the grains of sand at the beach. White makes an appearance as well, together with a few richer accents in deep orange or brown. In one of the bedrooms, you can also notice a stripe of dark blue; a nod to the water of the sea. You can spot marble at several places: a pleasant break from the solid surfaces that stays within the lines of the colour palette. Our partner Laura Calleeuw is a reliable leading force for interesting interiors with a calm appearance. With project Het Zilte she shows how she can make limited surfaces look large and open. We appreciate her thought-out way of designing and artistic eye.
Photography by Bert Demasure