'People living in the upper parts of very high buildings have more intense sensations than other people. The hours, the seasons, nature are closer to them. The sun, the wind, the rain, the clouds have a much closer impact on them. They are both from the earth and from the sky.' This sentence, originating in the constructive optimism of the thirties describes in part the specific charm of this conceptual apartment.
Designed by a young but renown Belgian architect in the latter nineties on an existing unit from 1968 with a very clear idea in mind which he called maxFUS. Modular blocks on wheels are the walls inside the apartment.
'Put everything needed for living and working in the walls to obtain maximum FUS meaning free undefined space. Open parts of the walls for living or working. Close the walls afterwards to re maximize FUS. Minimize furniture to maximize FUS (free unidentified space). Help to minimalism furniture by double or triple use: use benches for sitting and sleeping; use tables for eating and working; use balls for playing and sitting .'(Karl Vandenhende - Architect)
Location is in the very center of Brussels exactly between the old city and the European quarter.The neighborhood is multi-cultural with many exotic and Belgian restaurants, various shops and local specialities. Located just around the corner are the best 'Belgian fries' as voted by a leading newspaper. In a twenty-five story apartment building between the old and the new cities, La Tête dans les Nuages is located one hundred yards from the city's efficient Metro. The Madou-square is exactly between the 'Grand Place' and the European Quarter. Avenue Louise at walking distance.
In the media :
On TV :
- Fine Living Channel - USA
- Featured in London based magazine 'Smart Life Intl.'
View: incredible (100+)
Situation: close enough (90)
Ambiance: total enjoyment (100)
Having visited Brussels on a regular basis for the last 4 years, meeting Peter & his apartment opened up another dimension regarding this fascinating city. The height (24 stories) not only lifts the soul but a view like this brings a being closer to the area & the elements. I spent most of my time playing music & absorbing the 180o view after a stressful day at work. Truly unique in every aspect. Thx.
Greg Burrell - New Zealand - Holland
Just wanted to say we had a wonderful stay in Brussels and are absolutely in love with your apartment. We've stayed in many apartments in different cities and yours has been the best so far. My husband didn't want to leave to do any sightseeing...he said he had everything he needed - plasma tv, miele coffee maker and amazing views! In the future we would love to have a place of our own that incorporates many of your apartment's design elements.
Kim and David - Sydney ( February 2006)
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I am a lawyer and my wife is a pediatrician. We love Brussels and go there often to spend the week-end as other people go to the sea-side.
Location and view were unique - upon drawing two diagonals on a Brussels map we found this apartment on the crossing point