Paul Bonduelle Ideas Competition
[collaboration with Pieter-Jan Debuyst]
As people become less religious, more and more churches become disused. The Paul Bonduelle ideas competition challenged participants to imagine the re-use of the empty church buildings.
Our proposal aimed to revive one of the original functions of a church: bringing people together. Churches are often ideally placed in the urban morphology of villages to function as community centers.
By precise architectural interventions, the church is opened up to the village and the boundaries between the inside/private and the outside/public are blurred. To test these ideas, we created a large plaster model of the church of Rotselaar. In the end, this became a plastic study in itself, which convinced us even more of the inherent urban and architectural value of these buildings.