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A black rub­ber-clad villa in Bel­gium is in our good books

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de­signed by erik Van Biervliet in the 1960s, the Mu­seum dhondt-dhae­nens is one of the most stylish pri­vate art es­tab­lish­ments in Bel­gium, with a trea­sure trove of a col­lec­tion to match. now, a new project by artist hans op de Beeck, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ar­chi­tect Mo Van­den­berghe of stu­dio Moto, has been added to the grounds. The Wun­derkam­mer res­i­dence trans­forms an ex­ist­ing 1930s villa on the es­tate into a Ge­samtkunst­werk to house the mu­seum’s li­brary, in­clud­ing the per­sonal book col­lec­tion of Bel­gian cu­ra­tor jan hoet (1936-2014). The epdm rub­ber-clad struc­ture will also host artists, cu­ra­tors, re­searchers and writ­ers as part of a res­i­dency pro­gramme or­gan­ised by the mu­seum. ‘The black cas­ing cre­ates an ab­stract ver­sion of the orig­i­nal, al­most kitschy, cot­tage-style villa, trans­form­ing it into a sculp­tural, mon­u­men­tal art piece in the idyl­lic leie land­scape,’ says op de Beeck. The mono­chrome MDF in­te­rior fol­lows the same ap­proach and pro­vides the per­fect back­drop for an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially or­ches­trated to spark di­a­logue and dis­cov­ery. stu­diomoto.be; han­sopde­beeck.com

in The rub­ber-clad struc­ture, The li­brary, Which cov­ers The Four Walls From Floor To ceil­ing, Fea­tures sculp­tures That Form a The­atri­cal set­ting For jan hoet’s Per­sonal Book col­lec­tion

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