It's because of Hannes Coudenys (but also thanks to the architects, let us not forget) that Belgium has been gaining a sudden notoriety in original constructions. In 2012, Hannes decided to start documenting all the peculiarities of Belgian architecture with his project, named Ugly Belgian Houses (literally "The ugly houses of Belgium").
Compiled in a book of the same name, the photos of this Belgian, gather a multitude of extravagances and of architectural experiments, some of which are absolutely memorable!
What Hannes noticed is that Belgians have a slightly different vision of architecture as we usually imagine. So, he wanted to share his discoveries! "Normally, if you like architecture, you like beautiful houses. But in Belgium, there are many rather ugly constructions. So I wanted to archive all that. " He explains.
Indeed, it also specifies that in architecture, the Belgians like to do their fashion and not respect the trends; they do not like to do like everyone else (and that's all to their credit!). "Due to very tolerant regulations and permissive, we love designing our own eccentric houses! " he said. Hannes presents us with these buildings that have been singled out as "ugly", which in reality are more likely to attract attention than to make a value judgment!
Despite his huge success on the networks, Hannes admits that many homeowners were not happy to see their home mocked on the Internet. "I received emails from lawyers so I dropped the blog at the time. That said, I can understand them: it's the house of their dreams and I demolish them! " if he apologizes. A little after these incidents, he relaunched his blog in 2013! And this time, it encourages more people to contact him directly if they do not agree and want to remove the photo.
Ugly Belgian Houses is now available in a book that is recommended for lovers of fun, daring and unusual architecture. Do not be misled by the title, because there are also beautiful houses! And yes, because "ugliness" is even better than monotony. And of course, do not forget to follow the Instagram account of the project if you wish to discover others!
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