A total renovation: the chance to start from scratch. Something that also makes the experts at Nils Van der Celen architectural interiors very happy. They took this positive spirit with them when they renovated this 1960s residential villa in Schilde, Belgium. The result? A sleek design with a walnut heart.
Creative design studio Nils Van der Celen is known for its focus on timeless, livable interiors and its beautiful furniture pieces. According to its founder, the interior is the immediate context in which life takes place, so it is better to provide an environment in which you feel good. The studio does not create a home for the person you are, but for the person you want to become. In other words, the agency's concepts must add value to each client's life. They do this by primarily responding to realistic, serene designs that respect the authenticity and character of the setting. ‘We elaborate every proposal with great precision,’ adds Van der Celen. Because the studio wants to make every resident's dream come true, they also like to carry out total renovations. That is why Project SGR was created, a brand new overall concept.The team had no mercy for the original walls and designed a completely new layout.This is how, for instance, the connection between the dining and living areas was created.In addition, a large, cosy kitchen now flaunts the living space. Here, room was made for a stretched-out island covered with travertine natural stone and the walnut elements continue into the entrance hall. The sleeping area consisting of a master suite with cloakroom and bathroom was completed by two children's bedrooms and a separate children's bathroom.
A sleek design with a walnut heart.
Throughout the entire concept, light, soothing tones were deliberately chosen, as the architects were keen to let the natural materials such as the walnut 'pop'.Therefore, they also let beige microtopping and the light oak parquet come to the fore.In addition, they kept to the natural stone finishes that mainly emerge in the kitchen and bathrooms.The clever variation in this material that Van der Celen plays with, other architects could certainly learn something from. Want to get enchanted by more impressive projects and inspiring architecture? Be sure to follow us on Instagram on the account Imagicasa Architecture. On this page, we will share unique realisations, promising designs and innovative ideas daily.
Photography by Tijs Vervecken
Text by Emma Verstappen