Het Predikheren Mechelen: Transformatie van een kloosterruimte tot stadsbibliotheek
Transformation of a Monastery in Ruin into a City Library
Mechthild Stuhlmacher, Joeri De Bruyn (eds.)
Public Space, 2019
The baroque Predikheren monastery in Mechelen (Belgium) has a turbulent history. It was first a monastery, later a military barracks and hospital. Each of those lives has left its mark. The building had been vacant since 1975 and gradually turned into an impressive ruin. In 2010, the city of Mechelen decided to restore the monumental building and set it up as a public library. The special atmosphere and beauty of the ruinous spaces were the main source of inspiration for the design of Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architects and Callebaut Architects.
This book brings a photographic homage to the building and its transformation. Different voices take the floor: designers, archaeologists, historians, artists and users. They write and reflect on dealing with a ruin, on the legibility of history and on restoration as a contemporary design assignment.