Convent care home Julia Tegelen
The Sisters of the Congregation of Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe in Tegelen were getting older and gained more need of care. They had to claim the regular care that is set by the government. In their old building this was impossible, there was simply too little room for maneuver. Therefore, the sisters had to move from their old convent into a new, fully suited to the care, building; a convent-nursing-home. A nursing home that is completely in accordance with the construction standards of the national government, with some added spaces that the sisters need in their confession: sharing the meal and praying. It is these spaces that present themselves collectively to the public road, prominent and monumental, to denote these monastics identity.
Living takes place in the lee of these components. From their apartments the sisters overlook their own landscaped and manicured backyards. At the rear are shared meeting spaces and outdoor terraces. Religiosity, more than contemplation, plays an important role in the lives of the sisters. They like to surround themselves with maria pictures, prints and other religious objects. The many elements of the mind of the sisters are found in the building back. The rhythm of a cloister corridor is found in the hallway to the refectory and chapel. The high rooms, tall windows, filtered light, stained glass windows, contribute to the perception of the sisters.
Despite the function of a nursing home, the building is designed as an architectural poem, dedicated to her residents. Entering the building, by the steps over the water under the protective porch, is entering the spiritual world of the Sisters of the Congregation of OnzeL-Lieve-Vrouwe Tegelen.