Conversion of the Church of St Amelberga, Bossuit

Conversion of the Church of St Amelberga, Bossuit - Ellen Harvey - (c) Ria Pacquée
Conversion of the Church of St Amelberga, Bossuit - Ellen Harvey - (c) Ria Pacquée
Conversion of the Church of St Amelberga, Bossuit - Ellen Harvey - (c) Ria Pacquée
Conversion of the Church of St Amelberga, Bossuit - Ellen Harvey - (c) Nino Tondat
Conversion of the Church of St Amelberga, Bossuit - Ellen Harvey - (c) Nino Tondat

The British artist Ellen Harvey, in association with Sileghem & Partners, took on the Church of St Amelberga at Bossuit in West Flanders, which dates to 1857. Harvey partially demolished the church in order to retain it as a ruin. The roof and the columns have both gone and all that remains are the outer walls. The new terrazzo floor, with its dark and light areas, plays on the history of the building. It reveals the position of the old columns, and also the shadow cast by the old church that was destroyed in a bombardment in the First World War. What remains is a new, open public space that weaves together past and present. The community is able to use it for various purposes, such as markets, as a meeting place or as a setting for church services and other ceremonies.

Author: Caroline Voet. This text has been published in the Architecture Review Flanders N°11. Embedded Architecture.

Architectenbureau: 

Sileghem & Partners

Ontwerpers: 

Ellen Harvey
Sileghem & Partners

Opdrachtgever: 

Gemeente Avelgem

Taal: 

Nederlands, Engels

Straat: 

Doorniksesteenweg

Nummer: 

z/n

Gemeente: 

Bossuit

Land: 

België

Datum oplevering: 

2014

Oppervlakte: 

550 m²

Totale bouwkost: 

308 538 €, excl. BTW

Totale bouwkost per m2: 

560 €, excl. BTW

Studiebureaus: 

Sileghem & Partners, Zwevegem

Hoofdaannemers: 

Ruwbouw: Van Tornhaut bvba, Aalter

Corporate partners

Retail Estates

Cultural partners

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