Tournai Faculty of Architecture: Identities and Periods Coexistence

Aires Mateus

Architects: Aires Mateus
Location: Tournai, Belgium
Area: 7 010 m² (built)
Year: 2015-2017
Photography: Tim van de Velde

The project occupies the interior of a historical city block where buildings from different identities and periods coexist. There are two industrial buildings and a convent that has been used as a hospital. The new building is positioned in order to bond each of these structures together and to define new external spaces. All the existing buildings are connected vertically and horizontally throughout the block. Inside, public functions like the foyer and auditorium are sheltered, operating not only as passageways and meeting places, but also as a part of a new identity.

Authors: Manuel & Francisco 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