Architecture Faculty in Tournai by Aires Mateus

Infusing new identity into historic blocks

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The project occupies the interior of a historical city block where buildings from different identities and periods coexist.

▼项目概览,general view of the project © Tim Van de Velde


There are two industrial buildings and a convent that has been used as a hospital. The new building is positioned in order to bond together each of these structures and to define new external spaces. All the existing buildings are connected vertically and horizontally throughout the block.

▼东侧外观,external view to the east © Tim Van de Velde

▼西立面,west facade © Tim Van de Velde

▼新建筑通往庭院,the new building leading to courtyard © Tim Van de Velde

▼回看街道,view back to the street © Tim Van de Velde

▼庭院,courtyard © Tim Van de Velde


Inside, public functions are sheltered, like the foyer and auditorium, operating not only as passage spaces and meeting places, but also as a part of a new identity.

▼门厅,foyer © Juan Rodriguez

▼门厅与楼梯相连,foyer is connected to staircase © Tim Van de Velde

▼通道空间,passage spaces © Tim Van de Velde

▼围合的礼堂,sheltered auditorium © Tim Van de Velde

▼礼堂入口,entrance of the auditorium © Juan Rodriguez (上)  Tim Van de Velde (下)

▼礼堂内部,interior of the auditorium © Tim Van de Velde

▼楼梯,staircase © Juan Rodriguez

▼平台,platform © Juan Rodriguez

▼走廊,corridor © Tim Van de Velde

▼教室,classroom © Tim Van de Velde

▼模型,models © Aires Mateus

▼楼梯细部,details of the staircase © Aires Mateus

▼一层平面图,ground floor plan © Aires Mateus

▼二层平面图,first floor plan © Aires Mateus

▼三层平面图,second floor plan © Aires Mateus

▼立面图,elevations © Aires Mateus

▼剖面图,sections © Aires Mateus

Project name: Architecture Faculty in Tournai
Client: Catholic University of Louvain
Location: Tournai, Belgium
Date of project: 2014 – 2015
Date of construction: 2015 – 2017
Built area: 7 010 m²
Site area: 6 200 m²
Authors: Aires Mateus
Project leader: Jorge P Silva
Collaborators: Susana Rodrigues, Joana Carmo Simões, Vânia Fernandes, Sara Nobre, Sofia Paradela, Inês Gulbenkian, Bernardo Sousa, Isabel Sousa, Aiden Thornhill, Théophile Legrain, Antoine Pruvost, Charles Cossement
Engineering: Tradeco
Constructor: Tradeco

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