The style of the ship: a classic art deco villa in Belgium with a beach of the sea | Politics

Yves Plançon, a French real estate developer who calls himself a “house collector”, was looking for a house in Brussels when he came across Villa Gaverzicht for sale in the Waregem area, in the east of the Belgian capital. “When I saw this place, I didn’t hesitate for a second,” he said.

The house, built by a famous Belgian architect named Gentiel Van Eeckhoutte in 1939, was empty for three years after his widow died in her 90s. “I can understand why he stayed here for so long. It’s a very pleasant place to grow old,” said Plançon. Indeed, with all those semicircular shapes, railings and round windows imitating the ship’s hatches, it looks like a beautiful liner.

“For a year, I read a lot about architecture from that interwar period,” said Plançon, “Then I started to recover.”

‘Everything was as it was in 1939, when it was completed’: the villa’s elegantly decorated room, with its cabinet and windows. Photo: Jan Verlinde/Living Inside

He was lucky too. Villa Gaverzicht is almost complete. “The house is listed since 2009. The Cubex kitchen, the beautiful bathroom with marbrite tiles, the monumental staircase and the stained glass windows: almost everything looks like it did in 1939 when that’s it,” he said.

Ironically, the interior is reserved for the bad taste of the widow’s new partner. He put the terrible floor on the first floor, which saved the beautiful tiles. Bad graffiti covered the walls. The aluminum and plastic doors have been replaced by replicas of the original doors. A little lost. And what was lost was rebuilt, based on the original plans.

Plançon found a large number of original drawings and sketches for Villa Gaverzicht in the basement. The archive contains plans of Van Eeckhoutte’s other projects in Flanders, on the Belgian coast and on the French coast. “I saw plans for burial monuments, barns and agricultural machinery that no one else had seen. By studying the plans, I realized that Villa Gaverzicht was his masterpiece. It was the house where he showed his talent in the best way.This villa has central heating and a beautiful bathroom, which was never at that time.

Villa Gaverzicht - Belgium
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pictures and ocher tiles on the front of the villa.
Photo: Jan Verlinde/Living Inside

Upon entering the house, you feel like you are walking into a movie, perfect for a Great Gatsby reworked in Belgium. In the elegant reception hall, a green glass ball light illuminates the original staircase, which leads to the bedrooms and a billiard room. A guide to ship design. All the details in the house you will find are original, including the antique furniture, carefully selected by Plançon, with the decorator Rémy Motte. “I have a large collection of art deco glasses. Since my 20s, I’ve always bought art at auction. Every time I see something better that fits better here, I change it. Friends or acquaintances give me art deco furniture. They know I want to recreate the atmosphere as much as possible.

Van Eeckhoutte’s fascination with the architect Le Corbusier is evident in Villa Gaverzicht. Oak, blue, orange and green – classic Le Corbusier colors – are simple references used in the house. Dark glass windows on the back sides, and a small swimming pool in front of the flat house – typical for Corbusier who often added fun elements to the roofs of his buildings. Despite the solid construction, which allows for a spacious design, returns to the principles of the Swiss-French architect. Plançon designed geometric garden paths as a reference to the paths of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye in Poissy.

The composer is Villa Gaverzicht.  This villa has central heating, which was not available at that time': owned by Yves Plançon, 'house collector.
The composer is Villa Gaverzicht. This villa has central heating, which was not available at that time’: owned by Yves Plançon, ‘house collector. Photo: Jan Verlinde/Living Inside

The apartment has beautiful reception rooms, where Van Eeckhoutte has carefully integrated his wastebasket, wardrobe and storage system for his designs. But the ultimate showpiece is the window. “It’s a mystery to me,” Plançon said. “But I saw triangles, compasses and a church: things that could show he was a Freemason.”

The hardest part of recovery is finding the originals. “Bakelite replacements can be found, in black and red. But it is very difficult to find marbrite glass tiles, a Belgian innovation from the glass factories of Verreries de Fauquez,” said Plançon. “In the kitchen, some yellow tiles are broken. In the upstairs bathroom, the green marbrite is almost solid.

For fans of obscure pop, that bathroom may ring a bell: Arbeid Adelt, a Belgian group from the 1980s, shot the cover of their album. Young Holden here in 1983. “It’s no coincidence that the music director is wearing his Le Corbusier glasses for a photo, is it?” said Plançon.

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