The “Heistse Berg” in Heist-op-den-Berg is a historic site and the second highest natural point in the province of Antwerp. On the foundations of what was once the municipal school now stands an apartment building with a unique view. On the sixth and seventh floors of this top location, Mieke Van Herck architects renovated the interior of a penthouse offering a view that extends to the Brussels Atomium.
In the same way as for its many realisations in the midst of vast rural surroundings, the design team was able to establish Mieke Van Herck's signature style in this urban context. Grateful use was made of the existing high ceilings and ceiling-high windows. Furthermore, ceiling-high doors were integrated into the interior design. They add a stately, luxurious touch to the contemporary, warm design of this city apartment. Another asset are the exceptionally tall trees with canopies that provide connection to nature up to the seventh floor. The sitting area downstairs and master bedroom on the second floor overlook this green scenery.
Penthouse PJ is a long and narrow volume characterised by openness and the use of light colours. On the ground floor, the kitchen and sitting area were connected by a walk-through space with room for dining. On the upper floor, both the bedroom and the bathroom were equipped with a large glass area. Between the two spaces, the free-hanging see-through mirror is a special feature. Here, the hotel feel embraces the occupants like a warm blanket. Finally, a large laundry room and a home office are also located on this floor.
In the penthouse, you can spot several of Mieke's favourite design items, such as the Minotti Freeman armchair, which was combined with the Maxalto swivel recliner in the living room. Each was selected for its timeless, clean design and durable quality. With subtle details, such as visible seat stitching, the rural character was brought back in. In the open void between the two floors, CTO Lighting's chandelier also catches the eye. As a contemporary version of the crystal chandelier, it is the absolute eye-catcher of the apartment. In terms of materials, the choice fell on the popular Mediterranean Green natural stone, which runs like a thread through the project, from the TV cabinet to the floor to the kitchen.
The clients relied on Mieke Van Herck to transform this penthouse into a second residence. During the design and construction process, however, the couple soon realised that they wanted to turn this place into their main residence. The apartment reflects who they are. This is where they feel at home.