27 MAY 2019
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Antwerp has a new and original boutique hotel called August.
Housed within five heritage-listed structures, the 44-room property is quite unique embodying a celebration of history and Flemish culture in the heart of Antwerp’s Green Quarter.
Set in the former nuns’ living quarters, almost no room is quite alike. Each offers views over the hotel’s gardens or Antwerp’s distinctive cityscape, and the suites lead out onto terraces overlooking the chapel, courtyard and pond.
What the previous occupants would have made of it we are not sure but the stunning bar and lounge are set in the former nun’s private chapel. There is a spa with an outdoor swimming pool, and an elegant guest library.
“When you restore a building, you have to do it with respect. We have to consider the past as being a beautiful gift,” explains Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen in his first-ever hotel project of the core inspiration behind the sensitive renovation. Soaring wooden ceilings, arched windows and restored patterned floor tiles frame pared-down interiors, which are defined by the use of desaturated colours augmented by a few well-chosen statement design pieces.
The main bar and lounge area features a beautiful Adolf Loos-like light feature by Flos, and customized furniture created in collaboration with Molteni&Co.
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