the Oude Toren (“Old Tower”) is a solitary building among convex fields. Originally, the tower was located against the church in the heart of Oostelbeers, but that village has been relocated long ago. The church has collapsed and what remained has been torn down.
of the tower will be upheld as much as possible. All the suggested adjustments are therefore a confirmation of the archaic image. The suggestion is that the tower could accommodate a modest, yet high quality exhibition.
there is a grassy plain on which the archers’ guild has planted several shooting posts. This empty space is the ideal place for a small, multifunctional building. Within its surroundings, the building looks like a green hill. A hill from which a wall fragment protrudes. “When we found out that the name of the nearby Hillestraat is likely a toponym – ‘hille’ means ‘hill’ – we have decided to call the multifunctional building ‘De Hille’, after its shape”.
that is equipped with a large glass façade over the entire width of the room. This façade can be opened entirely and has a view over the archers’ field. The gatherings that will take place in this building will be announced through flags and banners, just like in the olden days. These will inform everyone in the area about activity when it occurs and will disappear when there are no activities in or around the building.
as a passive unmanned resting area that provides shelter and a scenic view over the convex fields. When the door curtain closes, a refuge appears; a small seat that has been incorporated into the brickwork of the wall in a mediaeval manner.
Project Name: De Oude Toren
Location: Oostelbeers – Holland
Client: Gemeente Oirschot
Program: Exhibition space, multifunctional space
Poem: Martinus Nijhoff