- Architecture & development
Today, Imagicasa introduces you to a young, promising talent: nōmar architects. The founders Justine Byltiauw & Tim Belaen approach architecture as an interactive process, in which designs are developed through extensive studies of different scenarios and which slowly coalesce into one strong idea. Within each project, the couple strives to create visionary, site-specific and sensory architecture that makes a positive contribution to people's lives.
The Ghent office nōmar architects has no specific style, but rather an inclusive and innovative way of thinking. They are convinced that generosity is expressed in a careful dialogue with both specific users and the complex environment in which they work. With their cutting-edge architecture, dialogue is always at the centre, both for the internal design process and for their interaction with clients and external advisors.
A place where you can find complete relaxation.
Founders Justine Byltiauw & Tim Belaen designed a south-facing apartment called Project nō. 00 in the heart of Ghent. Situated along the banks of the Leie, the apartment is hidden in the shadow of the library de Krook. The existing ground plan consists of a large square space, which limited the possibilities for connecting spaces to divide up the living space. As a result, the lack of walls meant that the furniture had a dual function: on the one hand, filling the living space and, on the other, dividing the ground plan into rooms. In this way, the architects created the two most important living functions, dining together at a round table and socialising in the seating area. Furthermore, the breathtaking view of Ghent provides a unique experience. Thanks to the many windows, the apartment enjoys a very rich incidence of light. The colour palette was a combination of pale tones for the walls and floors, and the furniture provided accents in the room, creating a nice contrast. In short, their vision of the architectural intervention became the concept of the furniture.
With its interior design, nōmar architects aimed to create a light, atmospheric and frivolous place. Each piece of furniture was deliberately placed in a free-standing position in order to make it part of the home and allow the occupant to enjoy the beautiful view over the water from the centre. Despite its central location in the city, the founders created a place that exudes complete tranquillity. Imagicasa will keep an eye on nōmar architects for more of their promising projects. Photography by Pilar Shoots