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Restored '70s Brutalist Gem Will Open Up For Weekend Stays

The bunker-like house has plenty of wood and glass, too

Completed in 1974, the Van Wassenhove House in Sint-Martens-Latem, a wealthy village near Ghent, Belgium, was designed by Belgian architect Juliaan Lampens for Albert Van Wassenhov, a local teacher with a passion for contemporary art and architecture. With a hulking concrete structure interspersed with geometric wooden built-ins and soaring glass walls, the open-plan residence is a remarkable example of Brutalism executed at a small scale. After Van Wassenhov died in 2012, the bunker-like house was passed on to the University of Ghent, and more recently, went through a renovation led by local museum Dhondt-Dhaenens.

According to Wallpaper, the restoration was completed between July and October 2015 and now the museum is getting ready to open it up to the public. Beginning this April till October, art and architecture enthusiasts can book a 3-day/2-night stay at the house for €500 (~$560) Details can be found at the museum's website.