PVL architects can be found at a unique location in Belgium, in Oostduinkerke. Located between the sea and France, the inspiration for its work is close-by. Most of the projects are realised along the coastline, and so this architect studio is used to building in the dunes: not only catering for local residents, but also for tourists who are looking for a second home.
TEXT: DEBBY GROOTEMAN | PHOTOS: PVL ARCHITECTS
“We want to focus on working with clients at different scales,” explains owner Pieter Popeye. “We don’t only design buildings with lots of units, but also solitary residences and other projects here in the area. It’s easy, as a design studio, to only focus on one style of project, but diversity makes it interesting. And for us, the small scale and residential part is also really important. It makes you keep you in touch with the individual and their desired ambiance.”
Popeye was born and raised in the area. “That is why I know this region like the back of my hand. We always design from the details and our surroundings. We don’t only focus on the outside – for us it’s logical that we also include the interior in the design. That is where we can offer an added value. So, we don’t deliver a product that is half finished, we can realise the whole project as it was supposed to be.” PVL Architects takes pride in designing beautiful villas and apartments in the region. “We want to design buildings that are unique and finished to the smallest details.”
When speaking about the future of designing, Popeye mentions that, in his opinion, it is no longer just the technical condition of a design that is important. “The emotional aspect will become more and more crucial. The current generation is one where experience is key. We try to respond by creating that reality. We want people to come home and feel good. Get away from the busy day-to-day life to a contrasting world close to the sea.” Yet, this doesn’t mean that the technical aspect is not taken into account: “Everything should meet the requirements for dynamic use. We combine sleek architecture and warm realisation with a technically correct design.”