‘Wherever a few should gather’: The Liturgical Movement and Vatican II as a source for architectural transformation of churches in the context of adaptive reuse

Nikolaas Vande Keere, Bie Plevoets, Samuel Goyvaerts

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Abstract

Due to a process of secularization many parish communities need to redefine their church use, reducing the liturgical space and bringing in other functions. In this contribution, we elaborate on the process of adapting existing churches to this reality. We argue that the spatial concepts developed by the Liturgical Movement in the context of Vatican II can become sources of inspiration. First, we define the relevant characteristics of the reform, instigated by figures like theologian Romano Guardiniand architect Rudolf Schwarz. Second, we show how these characteristics can be applied in the case study of the Magdalena church in Bruges (Belgium). Rather than restoring the 19th century Gothic Revival church, we tried to translate its typology and layered quality into a contemporary space for liturgy and community, while at the same time opening up the church to its environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitectural Actions on the Religious Heritage after Vatican II
EditorsEsteban Fernández-Cobián
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publication
Pages289-312
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)978-1-5275-6033-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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