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Parish House ‘Pastorie van Meuzegem’, Wolvertem | Belgium

After years of vacancy, the heritage listed former parish house of Meuzegem was extensively restored and extended by a new wing in solid wood construction. The building has been used as a conference centre for local clubs since its completion in 2018.

Tagungsräumlichkeit ‘t aMEUZEment aus Massivholz © Dieter Van Caneghem
Außenansicht des historischen Pfarrhauses mit Neubau in Massivholzbauweise © binderholz
Lärchenfassade © binderholz
Gemeindehaus 'Pastorie van Meuzegem' © binderholz
Außenansicht des Gemeindehauses © Gisèle Gantois

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Project Extension of the former parish house
Location Wolvertem, Belgium
Year of construction 2018
Client Municipality of Meise, Belgium
Architecture Giséle Gantois
Implementation Potters M&R
Products Use 50 m³ binderholz CLT BBS in residential visible quality, 10 m³ glulam in visible quality and profiled timber

Modern meeting space made of solid wood

The historic parish house was extended on the south side by an addition to the building. This extension serves as a conference space with the name ‘t aMEUZEment and impresses with its modern architecture in solid wood construction. For this purpose, 50 m3 binderholz CLT BBS and 10 m3 glulam in residential visible quality were used. In addition to the walls and ceilings, a counter and the stairs were also made of binderholz CLT BBS.

Thanks to the solid wood construction, the premises of the communal hall not only have a pleasant indoor climate, but also convince by a low energy consumption due to the natural insulation properties of the CLT BBS.

Profiled larch timber was chosen for the exterior façade. In addition to the roof with two gables, the movable wooden façade elements for shading represent a special sophistication. With the shading open, the large panoramic windows offer extensive views of the surrounding area.

Tagungsräumlichkeit ‘t aMEUZEment aus Massivholz © Dieter Van Caneghem
Neuer Tagungsraum aus Massivholz © Dieter Van Caneghem

Time left its mark

The main structure of the former parish house dates back to the 16th to 17th century, when the Catholic Order wanted to increase its influence on the country with the construction of numerous buildings. Since the French Revolution, the parish building has been the property of the municipality of Meise. After several fires, it was rebuilt multiple times over the years. With the last resident pastor of Meuzegem, the building lost its original function as a parish house around 1990 and was used as a meeting place by the local associations from that time on.

The restoration of the run-down building was commissioned in 2007 by architect Gisèle Gantois.  Four years later, with the help of the inhabitants of Wolvertem, the restoration work and the extension of the building to include a modern new building wing made of solid wood began.

The new function of the historic building

The rooms on the ground floor of the former parish house have been converted into meeting rooms and are still available to local associations. The floor plan as well as the traditional entrance hall were completely preserved. On the upper floor of the old building under the slate gable roof, an apartment was equipped, which is being rented out by the municipality.

Photos: © Gisèle Gantois, © Dieter Van Caneghem, © binderholz

Tagungsräumlichkeit ‘t aMEUZEment aus Massivholz © Dieter Van Caneghem
Gemeindehaus 'Pastorie van Meuzegem' © binderholz
Lärchenfassade © Dieter Van Caneghem
Sichtbares Brettsperrholz BBS und Brettschichtholz im neuen Tagungsraum © Dieter Van Caneghem
Durchgang im Pfarrhaus mit historischen Details © Dieter Van Caneghem
Anbau der neuen Tagungsräumlichkeit in Massivholzbauweise © binderholz
Tagungsräumlichkeit ‘t aMEUZEment aus Massivholz © Dieter Van Caneghem
Fassade aus Lärchen-Profilholz © binderholz
Außenansicht des Gemeindehauses © binderholz
Neuer Tagungsraum aus Massivholz © Dieter Van Caneghem
Außenansicht der neuen Tagungsräumlichkeit © binderholz
Stiegen und Sanitärräumlichkeit aus Massivholz © Gisèle Gantois
Fassade aus Lärchen-Profilholz © binderholz
Historische Details im Pfarrhaus © Dieter Van Caneghem
Außenansicht des Gemeindehauses © Gisèle Gantois
Tagungsräumlichkeit ‘t aMEUZEment aus Massivholz © Dieter Van Caneghem
Historisches Pfarrhaus nach der Restauration © binderholz
Theke aus Holz © binderholz
Außenansicht der neuen Tagungsräumlichkeit © binderholz
Sichtbares Brettsperrholz BBS und Brettschichtholz © Gisèle Gantois

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