Klooster Glanerbrug

Design Research West European Center for the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch in Glanerbrug The monastery (complex) has undergone several changes over time; both in landscape, building volumes and appearance. The current monastery has ‘lost’ its relationship with the landscape and surroundings. It has also lost its authenticity in appearance and the different building volumes

Design Research
West European Center for the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch in Glanerbrug

The monastery (complex) has undergone several changes over time; both in landscape, building volumes and appearance. The current monastery has ‘lost’ its relationship with the landscape and surroundings. It has also lost its authenticity in appearance and the different building volumes don’t have any relationship with each other anymore.

However, on a social level, the monastery has managed to keep its appeal; in particular, its role as an ecclesiastical and educational center for the Syrian Orthodox Church has been strengthened. With its rich cultural heritage (origin in Mesopotamia, one of the oldest monasteries and churches), Aramaic (the language that Jesus used to speake), the writing, but also the increase in the number of believers in the Netherlands, especially in Twente, this attraction is not so strange. Every week many interested parties from home and abroad (both from their own community and beyond) visit the monastery for various reasons: social, cultural, educational and liturgical.

Due to this increasing growth, the ambitions are to take on a cultural and social role in addition to its role as an ecclesiastical and spiritual center and thus to increase the relationship with its (living) environment (visual) and society.

Sayfo1915
As part of this research, a monument was designed in memory of the genocide against the Syrian Orthodox community in Turkey. The design reflects the unique characteristics of the Syrian Orthodox community: Faith, Language and Writing, Origin. Together these abstract forms represent the symbol of a cross that is experienced differently from different views.

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Project completion

2016

Status

concept

Project team

Aday Citgez

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