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Study Church Saint Marie Madeleine - 14.068


Investigation into the causes of structural degradation, followed by the proposition of rehabilitation scenarios


Saint Marie Madeleine is a 13th century church in the city of Tournai. Years of dissaffectation followed by desacralization have caused the state of the building to degenerate with an accelerating speed. Despite its historic value the church is now in a state that requires immediate attention. The study of the building has been commisoned to our firm in order to investigate the probable causes of disorder, and to propose scenarios of rehabilitation of the building.

Specific features

In spite of its uniform appearance at first sight, the building has been marked with substantial interventions in the 17th, 19th and the 20th century. This, alongside the damages made to it during the second world war, makes the reading of the history of loadings (and unloadings) difficult. Aside from the immediate temporary mesures to assure public security, the study proposes three scenarios which could succeed one another in the long term. First, to renovate the masonry, solve the matter of water infiltration, and lift the roof of the nave to render the church as an iconic historical ruin. Second, to cover the masonry with a new lightweight roof for the building to be able to accomodate a new function; and third, to devise a seconadry interior structure, detached from the existing one, with the purpose of spatial division.

  • 2014

  • Walloon Heritage Institute

  • Tournai, Belgium

  • 57 m

  • 950 m2

  • 54000 € Vat Excl.

  • In Study