machteld d’hollander plants this 'martelaar house' as a tropical oasis in ghent

machteld d’hollander plants this 'martelaar house' as a tropical oasis in ghent

a garden house in belgium

 

The Belgian city of Ghent is the unlikely backdrop for this Martelaar House, a lush oasis by local architect Machteld D’Hollander. The home stands in contrast to its urban surroundings — known for its medieval influences and dreary climate — as it is infused with a tropical, sunlit atmosphere and gardens which flourish from the outside-in.

The renovation project includes the addition of two contemporary garden pavilions, with plants and trees thriving in place of a cramped structure. Still, the design team leaves a reminder of the dwelling’s industrial past with elements of the original structure, including some of its original derelict walls, left to shine between the foliage.

Martelaar House Machteld D'Hollanderimages © Stijn Bollaert@stijn_bollaert

 

 

a place for escape by machteld d’hollander

 

The Martelaar House is more than just a renovation — it is a transformation by Machteld D’Hollander of space and atmosphere. The conversion of a once-enclosed and cluttered industrial space into a verdant sanctuary lends an escape from the surrounding urban environment. With a keen understanding of the power of greenery, the architect teams up with landscape designers Bart & Pieter to emphasize this integration of nature into the built environment. Walls that once defined boundaries are replaced with a profusion of plants and trees, creating a harmonious coexistence of architecture and landscape.

Martelaar House Machteld D'Hollandernature grows inside and out the residential renovation

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landscape designers Bart & Pieter infuse the space with gardensMartelaar House Machteld D'Hollander
the renovation includes two new pavilionsMartelaar House Machteld D'Hollanderthe once-cluttered industrial building is opened up with full-height glass walls

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a canopy of trees provides shading to lend filtered sunlight and patterned shadows

Martelaar House Machteld D'Hollanderderelict walls are replaced with plants and trees

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elements of the industrial space are left as a reminder of the original structure

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