Shoemaker’s Workshop Transformed Into Modern Home

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Open-feeling architecture and spacious rooms dominate this building, ever since it’s been transformed from an old shoemaker’s workshop into a modern home.  The best part of the transformation, is that you can still sense the spirit of its former life, yet all the while it’s fully functional as a new modern residence.  Located in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.  Take a look at these photos!

 

This shoemaker’s workshop located in the countryside near Louvain-la-Neuve was converted into a single family home. Built in 1950, the central building was supplemented over the years with annexes to the west and the east. This wooden building made of bits and pieces has the appearance of a “homemade woodstock cottage”.  Originally covered with coating, this wall was exposed during the renovation to valorize its constructive character. Following a fire in 2012, the roof had to be rebuilt. The night time spaces were organized in the annexes flanking this large central volume. In the west, the lobby and the garage were also lowered by 60cm to add a floor under the roof.

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