In order to revamp this chapel without ruining its stunning historic shell, Belgian architecture studio Klaarchitectuur tucked a modern, freestanding office space right inside. Now,  exposed brick, chipped plaster, faded frescoes and a domed ceiling create a spectacularly unusual work setting for the lucky people toiling away in the unique space.

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The design team, led by architect Gregory Nijs, left the building’s shell intact– in accordance with its status on the historical registry– and created a new freestanding structure in its interior. The central cavity was left open, with stacks of boxes placed against one wall.

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These minimalist volumes house all the essential office functions such as workspaces, a conference room, storage space, and bathrooms. The surrounding area is used for a variety of public events, which will allow the chapel to once again serve the community.

 

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Exposed brick, chipped plaster and faded frescoes were all left intact, creating a contrast with the contemporary finishes of the new structure,  with its black staircase, striated wood floors and white-painted walls.

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Kapel De Waterhond, conversion, church conversion, Belgium, office space, minimalist, minimalist interior, Klaarchitectuur, Gregory Nijs, green interior, domed ceiling

Kapel De Waterhond, conversion, church conversion, Belgium, office space, minimalist, minimalist interior, Klaarchitectuur, Gregory Nijs, green interior, domed ceiling

Kapel De Waterhond, conversion, church conversion, Belgium, office space, minimalist, minimalist interior, Klaarchitectuur, Gregory Nijs, green interior, domed ceiling