The direction for the interior design
The notary's building on Ghent's Verloren Kost had seen better days when the friends began their plan. There was still a long renovation road ahead. "But it was a very nice way to work," Caroline says of those renovations.
"The renovation of the property was done by an outside architectural firm, and we had a good synergy from day one. Each other was listened to."
We sit in a spacious room on the first floor, which Caroline has briefly transformed into her office. Our eye catches the ceiling, which gives a worn but authentic impression. As does the parquet, which has been tumbled to give it a lived-in look. "A conscious choice, that ensures authenticity," Caroline says. One thing is clear: everything has been thought about.
Everything is right
That it has been thought about is also proven by the rest of the interior. In the room, a number of steel tables by architect Wim Goes have been pushed together to form a makeshift desk. "The simple and pared-down shape of that table calls for an equally elegant chair," he says. And that choice was quickly made:
"For a coworking space, you naturally want something light, both visually and by weight. Seating comfort is also essential. That's why I chose the CH33 from Carl Hansen & Søn. A classic design, with contemporary comfort."
Totally in line with the atmosphere and spirit of the housing project. This is not the first time Caroline has worked with chairs from Carl Hansen & Søn. In a previous project, she already worked with the iconic Wishbone Chair, and it goes even further than that. In her living unit, Caroline continues the line of the coworking spot: there we find the CH20- Elbow Chairs around the dining table, which already have a whole (family) life behind them.
The entire building exudes style, sophistication and design. Caroline receives many positive responses to this realization, and feels that the demand for cohousing projects is on the rise.
"The era of cohousing is just beginning, and older people are also starting to show more and more interest. It makes me happy!"