I’m often torn between the benefits and draw backs of globalization but this refurbishment of a Mexican townhouse by Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroek and Belgian interior designer Marc Merckx has to be a prime example of why globalization is a good thing.
Both architect and designer are former associates of Vincent van Duysen and all share a similar sense of detail, craftsmanship, simplicity and love for unassuming, tactile and raw materials. I first came across this project by following Marc Merckx on Instagram where he showed details of the polished concrete floor, the stunning arabescatto marble and locally sourced parotta wood alongside the wafer thin metal staircase.
I love how the urban jungle courtyard garden with large foliage plants, ferns and palm trees contrasts with the timeless minimalism of the interior and exterior, a previously 1970ies brutalist four storey building. Schuybroek and Merckx have achieved an elegant timeless house by keeping to their restraint material selection.
You can see Vincent van Duysen’s refurbishment of Antwerp’s Graanmarkt here.