Tournai Faculty of Architecture: Identities and Periods CoexistenceAires Mateus
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.