This renovation of an old workmans' house in the harbour area of Ghent is basically designed around the idea of ' a house in a house'. The originally very dark house with small little rooms was almost fully stripped inside. The essence of course is the wooden house built in the house. It kept the dimensions of the original house. The wooden frame is very light and kept open with 'windows' and even a balcony. In doing so the light is pulled in to the volume and contact is kept between the living space and the other rooms. The staircase crawls through the house. These stairs and the open structure give an interesting lining and surprising views and look-throughs. Also the very studied, but not always obvious fitted windows and light entrance is very important. At first sight the playfulness of the architecture might look like a gimmick, but don't be deceived. This house has a high functionality and harbours a very thought through architectural view. The essence of unexpected viewpoints and line play is something that puts you constantly on the wrong foot.