Nominated for BNA Best building of the year 2020
Transformation monastery complex Mariënhage
The centuries-old monastery complex Mariënhage has been renovated, extended and reallocated by diederendirrix architects and architecten|en|en into ceremonial house Domusdela and Hotel Mariënhage. On behalf of the Dela Cooperative, a contemporary place has been created in the Paterskerk and the Students Chapel that offers space for funeral and wedding ceremonies, concerts, parties, conferences, lectures and debates. In the former boys’ boarding school and gymnasium Augustinianum there is now a hotel with a café-restaurant.
The most important challenge was to open the closed complex and make it part of the urban fabric and to improve the accessibility of the complex; it was also important to connect the existing buildings clearly and logically. The detached historical building parts are connected by means of a new building volume. This central ‘knot’ organizes the internal routing and at the same time provides the complex with three new entrances. Via the Kanaalstraat, the Tramstraat and the courtyard garden we open up the new complex and make an urban connection with the surroundings.
The new functionality and transparency add a new public space and a contemporary meeting place to the city. DomusDela is a new focal point of architectural, urban, cultural and social connection at the crossroads of past and present. With this entirely new dynamic, Eindhoven is an important urban hotspot richer.
Photos: Ossip van Duivenbode