Today, education is at the heart of social developments. The field is changing at a rapid pace. The educational infrastructure follows this development, but responds slowly under the influence of economic reality. The former monastic building of Thomas More Mechelen is such a location. As a meeting place for future teachers, however, the school of higher eduction wishes to play a pioneering role in the response to this change.
We approach the former monastery as a stately home with rooms that are too large and ceilings that are too high. It is these excessive dimensions that allow us to transform the whole, as has happened so often throughout the years. The architectural interventions are minimal and restrict themselves to creating openings in walls, which remain visible like scars.