The Belgian firm Klaarchitectuur used inventive techniques to create modern office and community spaces while preserving the historic building

Belgian architecture firm Klaarchitectuur recently completed its renovation project dubbed “The Waterdog,” the transformation of a 17th-century chapel in Limburg, Belgium into a workable office space. However, this was no ordinary renovation task: The building was subject to restrictions due to its status as a historic site, so Klaarchitectuur had to think carefully and creatively to preserve the original structure of the chapel while integrating modern spaces.

To achieve this feat, the architects built free-standing structures within the building and added onto its exterior, establishing public spaces and stacked volumes available for office work and community use. They also repaired some of the original chapel's structure, including replacing the entire roof. The effect of this type of renovation is that the minimal, modern spaces contrast strikingly with their 17th-c surroundings, forming a unique environment for those who wish to rent out the areas, which are available for a range of purposes.

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Belgian architecture firm Klaarchitectuur recently completed its renovation project dubbed “The Waterdog,” the transformation of a 17th-century chapel in Limburg, Belgium into a workable office space. However, this was no ordinary renovation task: The building was subject to restrictions due to its status as a historic site, so Klaarchitectuur had to think carefully and creatively to preserve the original structure of the chapel while integrating modern spaces.

To achieve this feat, the architects built free-standing structures within the building and added onto its exterior, establishing public spaces and stacked volumes available for office work and community use. They also repaired some of the original chapel's structure, including replacing the entire roof. The effect of this type of renovation is that the minimal, modern spaces contrast strikingly with their 17th-c surroundings, forming a unique environment for those who wish to rent out the areas, which are available for a range of purposes.