The Wunderkammer Residence, courtesy Hans Op de Beeck & Woning Van Wassenhove, copyright Juliaan Lampens

visit The Wunderkammer Residence & the House Van Wassenhove

The residences of the museum Dhondt-Dhaenens are an important reflective and creative 'meander' of the museum. Contact with artists and researchers is paramount in order to activate the Lys region as a historically important place of inspiration for artists.

At the same time, they are also exceptional examples of Belgian architecture in their own right: The House Van Wassenhove, designed by Juliaan Lampens, is a surprisingly warm brutalist single-person home built between 1972 and 1974 and The Wunderkammer Residence, an artwork by Hans Op de Beeck in collaboration with studio MOTO, a tranquil monolith containing the personal library of Jan Hoet.

Discover these exceptional architectural places and get inspired!


  • Visit to the Van Wassenhove House, The Wunderkammer and the MDD with one combined ticket
  • Reservation of tickets is mandatory.
  • Including guided tour of the Van Wassenhove House & The Wunderkammer Residence
  • There are 4 tours per day, in case of a long waiting list we organize an extra tour
  • Groups are limited to 20 people for organisational reasons
  • Guided tours are in Dutch. English-speaking or French-speaking visitors can specify the language at the time of order so that the guide can take this into account.
  • Tickets can be ordered from 3 months before the date
  • The House Van Wassenhove and the furniture are the copyrighted property of Juliaan Lampens. Taking photographs is not allowed without prior permission of the Lampens Foundation.


    € 22 € 0
    individual minors up to 16 years

    foto: Tim Van de Velde

    The Wunderkammer Residence

    The museum Dhondt-Dhaenens is since recently flanked by The Wunderkammer Residence, a project by artist Hans Op de Beeck, realized in collaboration with architect Mo Vandenberghe (studio MOTO). Op de Beeck transformed the former Villa Meander, a villa built at the beginning of the 1930,s, into a unique 'gesamtkunstwerk.’ The building is conceived as a contemporary 'wunderkammer' and houses the personal library collection of Jan Hoet (1936 - 2014) while also doubling as a residence for artists, curators, researchers and writers. Set between the museum building from 1968, the historic Lys River and the former residence of Jules and Irma Dhondt-Dhaenens, the founders of the museum, The Wunderkammer aims to create a space for dialogue, reflection and research within the typical rural context of the museum. Former residents were artists Rirkrit Tiravanija and Nástio Mosquito.  

    foto: Rik Vannevel ©Juliaan Lampens - Woning Van Wassenhove, 1974

    House Van Wassenhove

    House Van Wassenhove is a house designed by architect Juliaan Lampens and was built between 1972 and 1974. Bachelor Albert Van Wassenhove, a teacher with a passion for contemporary art and architecture commissioned the house. Juliaan Lampens designed exclusively for Albert Van Wassenhove a house of concrete, wood and glass in which all living areas overlap: no separate rooms, but one open space.

    After the death of Albert Van Wassenhove in 2012 the house was bequeathed to the University of Ghent, who in turn gave it on a long-term loan to the museum Dhondt-Dhaenens. in the autumn of 2015, the museum started a residency program in the house. Since then, numerous creative people from home and abroad have stayed here, such as Ives Maes, Jonathan Muecke, Rachel Monosov, Tine Guns and Friederike von Rauch. 

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