Home Tour: Antwerp Historic

Architect Nicolas Schuybroek takes us inside his latest project, a 19th-century house in the historic district of Antwerp, Belgium.

The transformation of this historic building in Antwerp into a modern home emerged from a longstanding relationship between architect Nicolas Schuybroek and his client, a director in a fashion company: from selecting the building, to knocking through walls, to choosing furniture, each detail was discussed thoroughly. The resulting building stitches together elements from both their backgrounds—“monastic” simplicity as Schuybroek puts it, drawn from his upbringing in a Benedictine school, and the attention to detail that’s the hallmark of haute couture. Schuybroek told us how it came together.

What did your client require from his home?

He’s a director at a global fashion brand, so he travels a lot—people like that need a haven to return home to. We selected this property—...

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