Herentals +

Holy Mountain – Herentals, Belgium


This church situated in Flanders takes the form of a holy mountain. The figure of the mountain is recurring in Christian texts. It appears as a place of retreat, prayer and communion. Its verticality represents the cosmic link between heaven and the mundane world of our daily lives. The concrete structure, partly covered with wild grass, appears as worn-out and sculpted by rainy waters running towards a pond created at the bottom of the church, among the hollow remains of an old fortification.

Program  Church, housings, landscape
Client  Bisdom Antwerpen
Area  350 m²
Budget  2 500 000 €
Architects Muoto and ISM architecten
Consultants rAAk, Bollinger + Grohmann, Kahle Acoustics, Bureau Bouwtechniek, RACO
Year  2019