Covered in thatch: a modern country house in Flanders – with fittings by Dornbracht

Iserlohn, 29 March 2023

It is to be a real country house, cosy and simple, yet style-conscious and modern: To put this into practice, the architects at the MarS Architecten office in Vilvoorde, Belgium opted for an unusual thatched roof that surrounds much of the façade like a cocoon. The inventive design also carries conviction inside the house, with a successful balance of aesthetics and functionality. The Dornbracht fittings and shower solutions, created by Sieger Design, are an important part of the design concept.

The thatched roof of the main building and outbuilding is not the only highlight to be found on the property located on the outskirts of a small Flemish town in Belgium: There is also a natural pool with an ornamental pond in the garden. The openness that is a feature of the interior of the main house is given structure by custom-made cabinets, panel walls, or sliding doors. Natural stone, steel, and light oak are the preferred choice for creating a comfortable, homely atmosphere. Black steel elements, such as the staircase linking the spacious living and dining zone with the first floor, are a dynamic addition to the ensemble.

Next door, in the open plan kitchen and living room, it is the classic Tara design over the sink that takes the eye: The Matte Black finish is mirrored by the dark floor tiles and also harmonises with the solid wood fronts of the kitchen cabinets. With its slender, semi-circular spout and exposed position in the light-filled space, the fitting takes on a sculptural appearance.

The three bathrooms have the same design features as the rest of the interior: an open layout, combined with bleached oak, natural stone, and white walls. Tara in Matte Black was the choice here too – this time in combination with white basins. The characteristic cross-handles contrast gently with the severe architecture, which is shaped by vertical lines. In the largest bathroom, the Dornbracht icon is captivating, both as a wall-mounted fitting and as a freestanding variant next to the bath. The latter in particular is a real showstopper in front of the bare, white, sloping ceilings. Matching Dornbracht products were also installed in the shower.

The same wall-mounted fitting can be found at the washstand in the second, equally minimalist bathroom. The Matte Black showerpipe sets an elegant tone in front of beige, Croatian limestone tiling. In the third and smallest bathroom, the Tara wall fitting immediately takes the eye: The severe combination of the black fitting, white washbasin, and white toilet is cleverly softened by oak panelling and light-coloured floorboards.

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