The Ursuline Convent / a2o architecten
Textual content description offered by the architects. The renovation of the 18th-century mansion the generalate and the Ursuline convent within the metropolis heart of Hasselt is the ultimate a part of the ‘Ursulinhof’ city renewal challenge. The historic website subsequent to the ‘Groenplein’ was managed and expanded by the Ursuline Sisters from 1879 onwards. There, they taught 1000’s of pupils in a big college constructing and lived and labored from their very own convent en generalate. After the varsity moved to a brand new location in 2019, a grasp plan was drawn as much as give the location a brand new life. The varsity was demolished, the listed buildings retained, however the later additions have been eliminated.
The block was opened through a big public thoroughfare and the brand new features are organized round inexperienced courtyards. The convent en generalate have been integrated into the brand new complete, the remaining convent for the order. The Ursuline Sisters thus stay a part of town heart and the city group. The facades of the generalate have been restored and the interiors restored and tailored to right this moment’s requirements. A steadiness was sought between the restoration and restoration of genuine values on the one hand and applicable additions on the opposite.
The generalate itself serves because the Ursuline Sisters’ administrative constructing. The genuine components within the inside, reminiscent of staircases, doorways, ornaments, and fireplaces have been retained. The oak doorways have been stripped of their dirty varnish; the sandblasted wooden stays seen and provides a sturdy and genuine look. The flooring have been waxed, however the years of use are nonetheless seen.
The work and assembly rooms have been fitted with new workplace furnishings, convention tables, and a library, however the historic furnishings was additionally given a brand new place in the entire after renovation. The connection between previous and new lies in using oak. The brand new furnishings is lighter in shade and soberer in design, however the detailing refers back to the historic objects. The furnishings materials, window decorations, and paintwork are gentle in shade in order that the rooms are bathed in gentle however nonetheless really feel heat.
The convent was prolonged with a brand new chapel, a sanctuary within the busy metropolis heart. The slender quantity is topped with a pointed gable roof that matches town’s historic buildings in scale and form. The construction of the constructing consists of uncovered concrete and wooden, whereas the facades and roof are clad in brick. The daylight within the chapel enters the house from above by a reduce within the roof. There is no such thing as a direct view to the surface, giving the inside house a sacred ambiance.