'I find beauty everyday. I feel immensely grateful to be able to pursue my passion every day.’ A cliché, but what could be more beautiful? Simon de Burbure is an extraordinary architect who, above all, does his own thing and creates beautiful projects. Imagicasa spoke to him about his path to success and the specific ES House.
His love for interior design originated through his grandmother. She was often into interiors, fashion and art and lived in a house by a modernist architect. Simon de Burbure inherited her eye for perfection and beauty at a young age. Even then, as a young child, he had a keen interest in architecture and interior design that only grew. So it was not surprising that at 16 he would study Architecture at Sint-Lucas in Ghent. There he had the opportunity to gain more depth and knowledge about materials, proportions and spatiality. Now so many years later, a customer can expect top-notch customisation. This by providing perfect proportions, thorough alignment and a great focus on details, transparency and visibility. The customer determines where an order stops. ‘A well-chosen piece of furniture, accessory or artwork can make an architectural intervention more exciting, softer or just more flamboyant, and so this part is part of my brief.’
His signature is set by deeply penetrating details, spaciousness and the coherence of materials.
Simon de Burbure puts his personal stamp on Belgian architecture with his delicately cosy interiors. There is something admirable in his designs. Is it his love for and constant search for tactile and natural materials that are weathered and textured? His attention to finishes and details? Or perhaps it is his simple style with muted colours and authentic lines and shapes that make his work so pure. As such, the architect is known for his beautiful design style with understated luxury. His signature is set by deeply penetrating details, spaciousness and the coherence of materials. Transparency, alignment and views also form the basis of his own definition of architecture. One of his recent projects called ES House is one such design that is telling in his portfolio. This project fits nicely with all the essentials of the architect's design language, namely his perfect proportions, thorough alignment and great focus on details, transparency and visibility. Against his clean lines stands softness, against a restrained, pure style stands his well-known warmth. For Simon de Burbure, the story must always match the context and the life of the clients. With ES House, he proved once again that ecological choices and design can certainly go hand in hand. This residence was close to his heart. Especially since besides architecture, the architect is a huge nature lover. He wants to keep building up the knowledge of when plants bloom and how they can create volumes in nature. The randomness and unpredictability of forms in nature inspire him immensely. He believes those irregularities can contrast so beautifully with the straight lines of a home or building. So designing a hotel or residential project in a tropical spot in the world is definitely still on his bucket list. ‘After all, a different culture, climate or atmosphere greatly determines how a person lives in and around their home. Even different vegetation can create a totally different atmosphere and environment. Building on the west coast of America, South America or Asia would therefore be something I would really like to do,’ he dreams out loud. Photography by Cafeine
Text by Elke Aerts