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Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

How does a weekend or brutalism grab you? If it does, get yourself booked into the the 1970s Julian Lampens-designed House Van Wassenhove in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium.

Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

According to the owner, this is ‘one of the most radical residences ever built in Belgium’ and the work of architect Julian Lampens, who oversaw construction of this house built between 1972 and 1974.

Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

The original owner was Albert Van Wassenhove, who was  a teacher with a passion for contemporary art and architecture. Those contemporary tastes came to the fore in this property, which is a vision in concrete, wood and glass, with a design where ‘all living areas overlap’. Basically, this is one open space.

Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

The interior is made up of geometric shapes, with the sleeping area a circle, the kitchen a triangle and a square desk for example. A house that’s interesting and thought provoking way beyond its concrete walls. It’s also a house that stoll looks ‘of the future’ despite being over 40 years old.

Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

After the death of Albert Van Wassenhove in 2012 the house was bequeathed to the University of Ghent, who in turn loaned it to the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle. It is now being offered as an Airbnb rental for part of the year, with bookings being taken for May to September. Reservations start this month if you are interested.

Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

A member of the Dhondt-Dhaenens museum is available via phone for the duration of your stay and a tour of the house, courtesy of the museum, is also available. If you like the idea of the museum itself, you get a membership card to go visit for free.

Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

Two guests maximum, although you can also take children too if you have them. £225 per night is the price of a stay here. Note that it is also a two-night minimum stay.

Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

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