Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Not many people can say they live in a house that was put on a truck and moved to a different location. Belgian architect Wonne Ickx, however, can. After living in Spain and Mexico, Wonne and his family moved to Los Angeles 2,5 years ago when both him and his Spanish wife, Ruth, received a job offer in the 'City of Angels'. Ruth works as a contemporary art curator and Wonne is a guest lecturer at UCLA, Los Angeles's biggest university.

Friends suggested them to go have a look at this house, which is listed as a protected building. Funny fact: it's right down the street from the house where a part of Michael Jackon's Thriller video was filmed. Located on Carroll Avenue, a street full of beautiful Victorian Houses, it might remind you of the grandeur of San Francisco, while it actually holds an entirely different story. The houses on Carroll Avenue were once built downtown until the city counsel had the whole neighbourhood demolished to use the area for cultural infrastructure projects. A few houses were saved from being torn down and got relocated to Carroll Avenue. Now it's a very calm area where neighbours help each other out and birthdays are celebrated together. Images by Frederik Vercruysse.



Magazine: De Standaard Magazine
Journalist: Laura Van Bouchout
Photographer: Frederik Vercruysse