The doors of ark38 have only just opened but its foundation was laid in 2018 by Hans and Stijn Sterck, managers of Sterck nv. Passionate about all things beautiful, Hans, in collaboration with Objekt Architects, converted a former weaving mill (and subsequently a Tupperware warehouse) into a space dedicated to architecture and design. Photography by Ypsilon Business Photography.
Design in dialogue
Unconcerned by trends and averse to rules: ark38 has a quirky streak. Against the flow, we opt for strong, often lesser known designs that stop you in your tracks.
An eclectic, yet pure and understated mix of old masters and contemporary designers with a focus on stunning materials and an exceptional finish. Design that engages in dialogue with the rest of an interior, the architecture, and the surroundings. Timeless design to cherish and to pass on to the next generation of aficionados.
Classic design alongside contemporary design. We combine design of various styles, from different eras and origins. A carefully selected collection of works ranging from famous designers, lost masters, and emerging talent, where comfort, aesthetics, and quality take centre stage. Works that become part of the interior and the architecture.
A soft spot for Belgian design
Belgian names take pride of place. Both Belgian design from the 60s with inter alia Christophe Gevers, George Martin, Léon Stynen and well-known contemporaries like Vincent Van Duysen, Maarten Van Severen, Stéphane Beel have been given a prominent place in ark38. ark38 also has an eye for young, upcoming Belgian talent with names such as AE Studio/Stabel, Bultin, Jeff Rutten, Pieter-Jan Fontein, Gosseye+Verbeke, Nele Van Daele and more.
Brutalist architecture versus refined design
Over the course of time, this former weaving mill and subsequent Tupperware warehouse was preserved in its original form and even during refurbishments the original elements were retained. New apertures were made into the facade with its brick ornaments and enormous concrete “curved” frames, which are both constructive and designed to draw your eye to the brick architecture in the facade, were poured in situ.
A huge round concrete structure that balances on three parabolic supports floats through the various naves of the building. The volume disconnects from the walls, creating low and high ceilings. Brutalist architecture versus delicate design.
Pleased to meet you
ark38 is a one-of-a-kind design showroom for high-end furniture and decorative objects. With two floors dedicated to design, a pleasant courtyard and a rental space, ark38 stands for a creative workspace. We offer design advice and work with you to come up with a bespoke interior design plan. Also for architects and interior designers, ark38 is the place par excellence to find inspiration, brainstorm and elaborate a new project at one of our workstations together with your clients.