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Requiring a sympathetic understanding of construction methods of the past together with a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary construction techniques, building restoration is considered both an art and a science. Based in Belgium, Group Monument is an important group known worldwide for their restoration of buildings of historic value. Their latest restoration, Monumen(t)huis serves as a headquarters for the Group itself.
Situated in Ingelmunster, the restored offices are situated within an existing ‘semi-detached mansion in an eclectic regionalist style.’ Constructed in 1925, two gallant facades form the front part of the house and are original in their entirety. The back portion of the house however has become mismatched due to later renovations and additions.
In restoring the property to its original grandeur, Group Monument sought to transform the building into a multi-functional place for employees that includes a bar, relaxation room, guest rooms and showers, outdoor terrace space and a fully equipped kitchen. The resulting project name of ‘Monumen(t)huis’ comes from ‘Monument’ + ‘thuis’ – which is Dutch for home.
The previously cluttered rear façade was refinished with green pre-patinated copper losanges. Custom-made and assembled by the Group’s craftsmen, the copper contrasts with a sober light grey plaster system, resulting in a soft contrast between new and old.
Old and new are likewise reconciled in the building’s interior. Neo-Flemish Renaissance and Neo-Baroque elements such as parquet floors, beams, and fireplaces are combined with warm curtains, wooden furniture, stark lighting and traditional floor tiles.
The harmony of colours and materials, down to the smallest details results in a rich experience and special atmosphere.
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