Living with Art: Galerist Veerle Wenes at Home in Antwerp by

Issue 38 · The Low Countries · September 17, 2012

Living with Art: Galerist Veerle Wenes at Home in Antwerp

Issue 38 · The Low Countries · September 17, 2012

Living with art takes on a whole new meaning for Veerle Wenes, owner of Valerie Traan, the art gallery she created in her own home.

Located in Antwerp, the gallery (featured on Design Boom) was designed by Lens°Ass Architects, a Belgium practice that excels in turning traditional spaces into contemporary dwellings. In this case, a traditional Antwerp dwelling was renovated to include an open gallery space with modern finishes overlooking a courtyard. The juxtaposition of the original building with the newly renovated spaces not only provides tension between the old and new, but also consciously blurs the boundaries between home and work. For more information, visit Valerie Traan.

Photographs by Verne.

Above: The original herringbone brick floor in the dining room.

Above: A view into the bedroom.

Above: The kitchen is separated from the gallery by a glass wall.

Above: A concrete floor, light wood cabinets, and stainless steel counter tops create a serene feel in the kitchen.

Above: On the upper floor is a piece from an installation by Muller Van Severen.

Above: The bathroom features a wall of white cabinets.

Above: A cement bench is built into the concrete platform island in the courtyard.

Above: The gallery space leads onto a pebbled courtyard with a concrete island.



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