A new residential neighbourhood based on tranquillity has arisen in the middle of the metropolitan centre of Tilburg. White buildings reminiscent of a monastery stand on an old NS marshalling yard: Clarissenhof. It is designed as a contemplative ensemble of buildings and a potential response to today’s hectic world: the intensity of transport and digital traffic that are increasingly getting in our way.
The architecture of churches and monasteries is driven by a search for serenity. In that respect, our religious heritage has served as a source of inspiration. Instead of standing out, the architecture here is much more about achieving harmony, for example through the use of repetition. This is evident in the rhythmical façades consisting of a recognisable pattern of arched windows. Subtle details are visible in the white concrete.
Much like the culture of courtyards and vegetable gardens in monasteries, the urban structure of Clarissenhof is based on a system of informal and formal courtyards. Urban gardens, archways and an extended pergola connect one building to the next. The empty spaces created in between are meant for residents. They’re places where you can wander around, lose yourself in thought and relax in the green surroundings. No hustle and bustle, just tranquillity.
Architect: L. van der Pol
Team: J. Rombouts, P. Lievense, A. Bergkamp, J. J. Roeten
With: D. ter Beek, N. Boot, A. Hoksbergen
Year: 2012 - 2018
Client: SDK Vastgoed