Herentals +

Holy mountain – Herentals, Belgium
This church in Flanders takes the form of a holy mountain. The mountain is a recurring image in Christian texts, where it is presented as a place of retreat, prayer, and communion. Its verticality represents the cosmic link between heaven and the mundane world of our daily lives. In this case, the concrete structure, partly covered with wild grass, appears as eroded and sculpted by rainwater that runs towards a pond created at the bottom of the church, among the hollow remains of an old fortification.
Program Church, housings, landscape
Client Diocese of Antwerp (Bisdom Antwerpen)
Surface area 350 sqm
Budget €2,500,000
Architects Muoto and ISM architecten
Consultants rAAk, Bollinger + Grohmann, Kahle Acoustics, Bureau Bouwtechniek, RACO
Year 2019