Hasselt, Belgium – In the Belgian province of Limburg, the weather throughout the year is relatively mild, but it is rarely, shall we say, exceedingly warm. In the province's capital, Hasselt, locals and visitors can still stroll during the winter, albeit bundled up, amongst the traditional masonry houses, smart boutiques and art galleries that adorn the city centre. If they're feeling a bit peckish, they can also wander beyond the irregular geometric façade of a contemporary brasserie called the Theatercafe.
Here's why: the spot, which serves breakfast, brunch and informal dinners, features a generous outdoor terrace that, embellished with bright planters and modern outdoor furniture, needed only a modicum of intelligently applied enclosure to bring it into service year-round.
To increase the number of seats and stop having to worry about variations in weather throughout either the summer or winter, the brasserie's owners turned to KE Outdoor Design Solutions. They commissioned KE Boflex, the local retailer of the Italian bespoke outdoor coverings brand, to create a versatile shading solution that would accomplish these functional goals while also complementing the minimal architectural style of the café building itself. The clients also asked KE to imagine a sheltered area – an 'island of well-being' in any season – that would increase the comfort of covered seating, provide guests with a pleasant atmosphere capable of shifing from day to night, and give staff an easy way to open and close the space.