The Thomaskerk is build in 1966 and designed by Karel Sijmons. He succeeded to create a very sensitive and symbolic church hall. BELÉN felt a great affection for his material-use with beautiful textures and earthy colours. The big entry of the church was good in the basis left behind. The acoustics were very unpleasant and it felt cold even when it was warm. It was the task for BELÉN to create a space with a soul. An atmosphere where you feel comfortable immediately and where you want to stay. A change from a passage to a place to be and feel. BELÉN treated the monumental walls with Cottonmix in a way that the specially designed structure is still visible but the appearance became much more soft and sound-absorbing. They now also relate to the walls in the church hall. The beautifully integrated big Wooden Textiles mural became the most special part of the space. It covers a wall from 8m to 4,5 meters. The stitches suggest a horizon. Because of this striking composition you tend to look into the distance instead of being stopped by a vertical border. Subtle movements make the space breath. The closer you come the more details appear. The drawing of the splittable table is one piece. This big gesture refers to the 'last supper table' in the church hall. Only this one is a bit less sacred so obliged to be used! The entry became the 'living room' of the church. Ready to gather, to dinner, to review or just to be.
Concept and Design: buroBELÉN
Execution: Cottonmix, Caroline Ruigrok, Yeelen Tavilla, Jan-Martin Caminada
Photography: Winter Vandenbrink