From 1479, the building was a meeting place for different guilds in the city of Leuven. The Rhetoricians left the greatest mark on the building, where they gathered to recite poetry and to drink. After it had been demolished and rebuilt, music and theatre reanimated the building in 1817. The Tafelrond was a theatre for audiences of close to a thousand people where performances took place which are similar to those we think of today as living room concerts.
The Tafelrond was bombed and destroyed during the First World War. After the war, it was rebuilt in its original Gothic style of the architect de Layens and now looks as it did in its first life. From 1930, it served as the Leuven branch of the National Bank. The Tafelrond now begins its fourth life as a unique hotel with lyrical stories within and around its walls. The building’s impressive pasts and dimensions are fused with tomorrow's technology and interwoven into the present.
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The project includes the renovation and restoration of the classified building and the construction of a new wing. The well balanced combination of neogothic and contemporary architecture was a serious challenge. The new volume, a ziggurat structure with terraces, encloses the inner garden. The sense of space in the new building is totally different compared to the existing architecture, creating a continuous interaction and dialogue between old and new.
The new architecture completes the existing monument, but it also remains humble. The old limestone got cleaned up and sculptures and ornaments got reconstructed. Hongarian sandstone panels were used as a noble facade finishing of the new wing, combined with wooden windows. Warm, noble and cosy materials were used for the interior to make all visitors feel most welcome. A state-of-the-art hotel with a unique and classy atmosphere.
Material Used :
1. Hongarian Suto Limestone – facade cladding
2. Afzelia - window frames
3. Isover glasswool - insulations
4. Mastersystems epdm - roofing
5. IKO Enertherm - insulation
6. Velux – roof window
7. Cupa – roofing slates
8. KME cupper
9. VM zinc – roof & facade covering
10. Eastman glass balustrade