The landing place — p. 192
In Antwerp, on the top floor of a building designed by David Chipperfield, the Penthouse designed by the belgian architect Hans Verstuyft. Between minimalism and atmosphere Today, Het Eilandje, the industrial port area north of Antwerp, is a vibrant, modern neighbourhood, with new public buildings such as the MAS, the iconic city museum, the Port House designed by architect Zaha Hadid and the five residential towers by Kattendijkdok, two of which were designed by David Chipperfield. It is right here that a professional couple from Antwerp bought a penthouse on the top floor. “We immediately fell in love with the location and views”, the homeowners tell us. “For the interior design, we gave carte blanche to the architect Hans Verstuyft. We like to call him a ‘ space artist’ due to his ability to bring out the unique nature of each place”. The Belgian designer tells us that he started out from the volume and its qualities. “Inside the open space, I imagined putting five large boxes for the individual environments and service areas defined by cupboard units and sliding doors”. The minimalism designed by Hans Verstuyft does not translate into cold, evanescent solutions, but has as its objective the creation of a decidedly welcoming home. The painstaking choice of details and materials, the palette of neutral and bright colours, the great simplicity of the furnishings, all played a key role. Above all in creating the ideal setting for the owners’ contemporary artwork.