Govaert & Vanhoutte

The Belgian Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects are based in Brugge, and was founded in 1989 by Benny Govaert and Damiaan Vanhoutte. They create modern glass and concrete design, streamlined, horizontal and minimalistic, with an underlying poetic mark in the use of light and approach on adjusting new design to old constructions and surroundings. NYTT ROM went to Belgium to explore some of their interesting work. Photo: NYTT ROM.


Notarishuys “Pure Hotel”, Diksmuide

Notarishuys “Pure Hotel” in Diksmuide was competed in 2013 and is an expansion of an existing, renowned restaurant and contains 4 suites, a breakfast area and a sauna.  A 300 years old beech tree is a significant part of the atmosphere. For minimal impact on the surrounding the building was designed linear and placed 50 cm beneath ground level. A dominating glass façade allow transparency and light, and keep an overall visibility of the garden and the building itself “disappears”.

A part of an old building on the site is preserved. The brick walls stands out as a contrast to the new design and define the overall situation. On the back of the building is a herb and vegetable garden for the chef´s use, and a private courtyard parking for the guests.


Tyne Cot Cemetery in Zonnebeke, Visitor Centre

Tyne Cot Cemetery in Zonnebeke is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world dating back from 1927. The horizontal reception pavilion from 2014 is built into a slope, and offers a framed panorama of the nearby church, the military cemetery and the former battlefield. The architectural language illustrates the modesty of the design.


Residence JBK in Kortrijk


D-Hotel in Kortrijk

D-Hotel in Kortrijk is a unique design hotel on a historic site. The combination of an old, protected windmill and farmhouse square, and a new, minimalistic glass and concrete addition characterize this project.