Belgium born and based architect, designer and film maker Lionel Jadot is a 6th generation member of the famous VanHamme family of furniture designers. Learning his trade in his Father’s workshop as a young boy, Lionel studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Brussels. Lionel’s practice is based in Treveurn in Belgium where he works with a team of creatives to design a wide spectrum of projects across the globe from classic villas in St Tropez to rustic, wooden lodges in the mountains. Here The LuxPad discovers one of his most striking projects…
Project name: Loft Bougie
Floor Area: 220m²
Project time taken: 9 months
The space was located in an old factory, which was a big empty space with little natural light and the owners were a young couple with a small child. The brief was to make a fun and creative place, which added more natural light, including a large open plan living room, kitchen and library with an open fire. The owner also requested a large master bedroom with dressing area and en suite bathroom, two further bedrooms, a family bathroom, cloakroom and laundry.
Creation / planning process
My creative process is always full of freedom and recycling. It very quickly dawned on me that the space lacked natural light, so before putting in the interior walls we added more windows. My vision for the space then appeared to me: high 4m ceilings made from raw & reclaimed wood with full height partitions in plain concrete. The kitchen was placed in the middle to form a base, the idea was that this place would feel ready to be used like it was perhaps a sculptor’s studio, with the open fire intended to forge. The floor is polished concrete while the rest of the surfaces are raw or reclaimed wood giving the project the structure of the controlled brutality of an industrial place transformed into a home, I didn’t want a ‘clean’ loft but something with a story.
How it went?
Everything went very smoothly, the customers were very understanding of the vision, and the more puzzling elements were solved thanks to a good team of enlightened artisans.
Favorite room / part of the project and why?
Honestly this project was a really a creative adventure, I think we managed to tell a great story, the customers were delighted and continue to want to go home even when they are abroad.
My favorite room is the parent’s room designed like a large suite without walls, the feeling of freedom is intense and very special and I am reproducing this feeling in a hotel project underway at the moment. But each project is like one of my children, it’s hard to say which parts I prefer. I also like the long walk before you get to the open plan living rooms with the large windows, it’s a bit like walking into a theater.
Any issues / problems you had to overcome during the project?
The only complication was that there was an underground river under the external wall of the building. We had to do fairly substantial waterproofing work and also creating the four meter high doors from reclaimed wood was a big technical challenge.