Municipality of Oostkamp
Leisure, Culture, Public
With the redevelopment of the church, the municipality donates space to community life in Baliebrugge. They want to keep the catholic services and additionally accommodate a multifunctional use of the church to house a daycare, a library, a meeting room and activity spaces for various associations. A symbolic sign of socio-cultural sustainability.
The repurposing of a sacred space requires some tact in the way the space is defined and materialised. A modular plug & play system introduces a cross-rib module, based on a traditional vault system. With one basic module, we can formulate the redevelopment according to the desired configuration of the users.
The plug&play system is a method to maintain a high degree of flexibility in a sustainable and changeable manner. It is a simple architectural intervention that doesn’t attach itself structurally and technically into the existing building but forms a new, freestanding interior layer for the redevelopment of the church in Baliebrugge.