ISSUE 49  |  Holidays on Ice

Glass Houses: A Magical Belgian Bed and Breakfast, $170 a Night

December 09, 2015 4:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Belgian architect Bruno Erpicum transformed a small stone outbuilding, creating a glass-walled, one-bedroom bed and breakfast in the Belgian countryside. Maison Roly rents for $170 a night (also available is an adjacent six-bedroom farmhouse.) For more rental details, see Airbnb.

Erpicum updated the outbuilding by adding steel sheets to the existing structure to create a mezzanine floor. He extended the steel sheets to the outdoors, to fabricate a glass-enclosed living room pavilion with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Go to Atelier d’Architecture Bruno & Partners for more details.

Photography by Jean-Luc Laloux.

Above: Erpicum preserved the rustic character of the original stone cottage.

Above: The steel-and-glass room seems to hover in the snow, affording almost-panoramic views.

Above: The former outbuilding now operates as a bed and breakfast.

Above: The setting is bucolic in all seasons.

Above: In warmer months, the terrace is a sunny spot to sit.

Above: The glass walls intentionally blur the distinction between indoors and out.

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