On the site of a former military hospital, August is a quiet—but impactful—sanctuary with neoclassical roots.
Rising from the site of an Augustinian convent within a military hospital complex, August is now a refined hospitality concept that preserves a sense of sanctuary and sacredness in Antwerp, Belgium. Brought to life by Vincent Van Duysen Architects along with Wouter Callebaut Architecten, its five buildings include a hotel, restaurant, spa, bar, and gardens.
For his first-ever hotel project, Van Duysen and his team carefully restored the neoclassical site, paying close attention to its architectural splendor and adding modern upgrades for functionality. “First and foremost, our goal was to respect the historical DNA of the site and its surroundings and to align with the general principles governing the redevelopment of listed buildings,” says Van Duysen.
Each building’s complex tile patterns were restored, hand-painted, and put back into place with the utmost care. The existing windows were preserved whenever possible, and sustainability was slated as a top priority. The former military chapel even had its steel foundation’s strength tested via new technology regularly used in Antwerp’s shipyards.
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