Soft power
Wallpaper|November 2021
Inspired by the design of iconic embassies, Thirty Lane perfectly represents Glenn Sestig’s tactful approach
ELLIE STATHAKI

Part modernist villa, part sleek contemporary entertaining space, Thirty Lane nestles into its leafy Belgian countryside setting like a beautifully carved architectural sculpture. Its author, the Ghent-based architect Glenn Sestig, is a master in the art of residential design and a deft hand at blending 20th and 21st-century styles, the low key and the glamorous, luxury and subtlety. And this family home near Antwerp is no exception.

Sestig and his client met during a New Year’s Eve dinner at Château Lannoo, the arts venue the architect designed for a mutual friend and gallerist Louis Lannoo in Ghent. Thirty Lane’s owners, a family of four, were after an architect to work on their new home in a richly planted plot a stone’s throw from Antwerp. ‘One thing led to another, they came to see my house at the time, Townhouse Sestig and then asked me if I would like to design their own. After seeing the setting, I was immediately on board,’ Sestig recalls.

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