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Claude Strebelle, like his work, was truly iconic. As an architect, he helped build a new style, and his own home is still a fair witness to that. Therefore, we are pleased to offer you a glimpse into a memorable property that today still holds the original magic and continues to clearly gain qualities with age.
Throughout the twentieth century, Strebelle ponied himself as one of the important architects in Belgium and far beyond. In addition to building a monumental portfolio, for example, he founded Atelier D'Architecture du Sart Tilman. In 1980, he built his own residence in Liege, the building that we highlight for you today and which still speaks volumes in 2023. Typical of the design is the postmodern style that the architect made his own. At the time, he set a new standard with this realisation, because in several areas the house introduced unseen things to the public. The concrete facades are an ideal example of this, as they were cast on the site itself, which was not at all common at the time. Beyond that, the house is characterised by massive, geometric elements and curved structures. Unlike the front facade, the rear is made up almost entirely of glass. The interior was custom designed and worked out mainly in neutral tones. Think mainly beige and white, as well as wood as a recurring material. Overarching is the simple and monochromatic impression left by the house. This choice was certainly not arbitrary, as it brings the architectural dimensions more clearly to the fore. What is also striking is how the different zones relate to each other and are connected with thoughtful passages or viewpoints. Although the building proudly reflects the zeitgeist in which it was erected, it effortlessly succeeds in convincing the modern viewer of its assets just as much. The austerity to which the architect aspired at the time is today always a more central concern for lovers of intentional architecture. Running simultaneously with his uninhibited intention to provide a straightforward piece of architecture is a thoughtful fragility. Thus, you can notice from every detail the precision with which the whole was brought into being. So as a totem of our national architecture, this building can more than count. On top of that, it offers a contemporary living story to today's generations, thus continuing to multiply its potential.
Overarching is the simple and monochromatic impression left by the house
What was once Claude Strebelle's own home remains today an emblem of Belgian architecture. The qualities of this innovative construction continue to win new hearts. Any lover of iconic houses will be able to confirm that within these four walls there will always remain a spark of genius. Want to see more of this project? Discover it in our PURE book!
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