After receiving an architecture degree in Eindhoven, Mathieu started his architecture career in Maastricht, in the very house that he and his family are currently residing in. With over thirty years of experience, Mathieu’s expertise is in architecture but also found his way as a product designer, connoisseur in music and enjoys photography as well. He muses that he is a 24-hour architect with always endless things to do.
“Structure is the most important part of a house and is the foundation of architecture. The world also operates like this, we need a structure and framework to aim for the eventual freedom.”
Situated on a beautiful tree-lined street, the building was a classic prototype of Dutch architecture from the 1750s to 1950s. The typical characteristics at the time was to of course have a back and front of the house with divided spaces organised along an axis. The first thing Mathieu did was to reinforce the structure of the house - to reintroduce spatial connection whilst keeping its historical elements intact. While it may seem obvious to many that the most beautiful parts of the house are of the glass roof and glass staircase, to Mathieu it is often the underlying structure and invisible things that he appreciates the most - things that give reference and allow time to stretch indefinitely.