This home is built around a giant oak tree

It might not be the type of treehouse we’ve come to know and love – but there’s no denying this unique Belgium home has the ‘wow’ factor.

Kartasan House in Ghent, Belgium, is unique in more ways than one, but its defining characteristic is that it’s centred around a giant oak tree.

The original building, which sits on an unconventional-shaped plot on the corner of a busy high street, consisted of two floors plus an attic and a courtyard.

This home takes ‘open plan’ to a whole new level. Picture: Atelier Vens Vanbelle

Before refurbishments, the structure was in poor condition. In addition, the original floorplan meant the rooms were of a pokey size that didn’t suit the needs of the owners today.

With the help of architecture firm, Atelier Vens Vanbelle, a decision was made to maintain the charismatic facade and completely gut the inside of the home.

Cosy and comfortable yet tremendously unique. Picture: Atelier Vens Vanbelle

The firm opted for a pentagonal plan centred around a towering oak tree. Rather than separating the space into floors, the designers opted for multiple platforms that spiralled around the tree.

The meaning of open plan has been taken to new extremes in this home. The spiralled layout means there are no interior walls in the living spaces, which allows the residents to communicate openly and without limitations.

The art studio is found on the ground floor. Picture: Atelier Vens Vanbelle

The ground floor is taken up by the owner’s art studio with the areas becoming more private the higher one climbs the stairs. Bedrooms can be found in the attic areas.

The bathroom, kitchen and laundry areas are stacked for convenience and access to plumbing.

Inside, the decor is comfortable and understated. Picture: Atelier Vens Vanbelle

Railings keep the occupants safe from falling. Picture: Atelier Vens Vanbelle

While restoring the facade, the firm also added in a small viewing deck overlooking the park in front of the home.

One word: Obsessed.

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