Monumen(t)huis Office Renovation

Monumen(t)huis Office Renovation

Architect
Declerck-Daels, Architecten
Location
Ingelmunster, Belgium | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Offices
Tim Van de Velde Photography
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
ManufacturersPEDRALI
WOW 322, buddy model 219, Elliot 5470
ChairsHAY
Wall insulationWillco Products
neopor insulation, kleef- en uitvlakkingsmortel
ManufacturersHansgrohe SE
Raindance Select S
SinksDuravit
D-cede070650
Tiles Cotto d'Este
kerlite 100x100 elegance tornabuoni silk

Product Spec Sheet
Manufacturers
WOW 322, buddy model 219, Elliot 5470 by PEDRALI
Chairs
Revolver Bar Stool, Table T12 by HAY
Wall insulation
neopor insulation, kleef- en uitvlakkingsmortel by Willco Products
Manufacturers
Raindance Select S by Hansgrohe SE
Sinks
D-cede070650 by Duravit
Tiles
kerlite 100x100 elegance tornabuoni silk by Cotto d'Este

Monumen(T)huis

Declerck-Daels, Architecten as Architects

Group Monument is the most important Belgian group of building companies engaging in the renovation and restoration of buildings of art historical value. Restoring monuments is both an art and a science. You step into a world where the past and the present intersect. The basic qualities required are a sympathetic understanding of the construction methods of the past, coupled with a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary construction techniques.

 

This can be read on the website of Group Monument.

Their motto is “Restoring the glory”.

Group Monument enjoys a worldwide reputation for their approach to heritage.

 

They demonstrated their savoir faire on their home base in Ingelmunster.  

The offices are situated behind a “semi-detached mansion in an eclectic regionalist style” built in 1925.  

The two gallant facades of the front part of the house are original.  But the back part of the house was mismatched during later functional renovations.

 

Group Monument wanted to restore the grandeur of that house. Above all, the house had to become a multifunctional place for all employees, with a refectory, a bar, a relaxation room, lounges and a terrace, with showers and with 2 guest rooms, a fully equiped kitchen and a classy meeting room. 

We called it “MonumenThuis”.  (“Monument” + “Thuis” which is Dutch for “Home”)

 

The renovation demonstrates the craftsmanship.

The rear facades were cladded with green prepatinated copper losanges.  A unique application, assembled by our own workers. This is combined with a sober light gray facade plaster system. It hides the anachronistic renovation, thus creating a soft contrast between old and new. 

 

The building is now prettier, more functional and cozier.  It is representative for their approach on restoration and renovation.

 

Old and new are reconciled in the interior. The neo-Flemish renaissance and neo-baroque elements, such as parquet and boiseries, floors, beams, decoration and fireplaces are combined with warm curtains, wooden furniture, stark lightning and traditional floor tiles.  It is a sophisticated harmony of colors and materials, down to the smallest details. This results in a rich experience and a special atmosphere.   The history resurrects and the building is now future-proof.  It was the architects intention to create a really cosy place.  Not to recreate a house, but a to create a Home (“Thuis” in Dutch) … for everyone at Group Monument.  “MonumenThuis”.

An ode to the craftsman

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