Extent Building section Manresa: offices and common spaces
Client Kadans Vastgoed
Architect BiermanHenket Architecten
Consultancy firm BD Bouwadvies
Installer Kuijpers Installaties Utiliteit Zuid B.V.
Date of completion Q3 2020
National Monument The Mariënburg Monastery at Sint Janssingel in Den Bosch, designed by architect J.H. van Groenendael, was built in the late nineteenth century in neo-Gothic style. Occupants of the convent were the Catholic Sisters of the Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (JMJ), whose purpose was to train female school teachers. In the 20th century, the building received its first educational function, first as a nursery school and later as a vocational MBO school. The monastery has always maintained its educational function.
Architect BiermanHenket transformed the monastery in the historic city center, among other things, for the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science, an international (master's) programme of TU Eindhoven and Tilburg University. The monastery consists of six building sections with different functions. Three of these building sections, located in the oldest part of the monastery, will be occupied by companies with a high impact on sustainability in big data and IT in the coming years. In addition, lecture halls, study rooms, workspaces for start-ups and incubators and consultation and presentation spaces have been created, as well as living quarters for JADS students.
Among other things, the listed monastery has been preserved by using different types of ClimaRad units that control ventilation, heating and cooling per room. With this decentralised solution, it has become a future-proof building, a wish of client Kadans Vastgoed. The rooms are fully heated and cooled using a thermal energy system consisting of two mono-sources.
Decentralised ventilation, heating and cooling
The units used are the ClimaRad Care, ClimaRad Ventura V1C and ClimaRad 2.0 units. They automatically provide a healthy indoor climate, leading to increased productivity and a reduced sick leave rate. Based on various sensors in the units, the required amount of ventilation is determined and both the supply and return air are correctly matched. The wall grilles, which serve for supply and return through the wall, are unobtrusively incorporated into the exterior façade. This allows the listed monastery to retain its monumental character.
Nice detail: the pear berceau in the cloister's enclosed Manresa garden is laid out in the romantic garden style of the Renaissance. This corridor of pear trees connects the chapel of the Marienburg building with the medieval chapel and is part of the cloister. Originally, these were designed to ensure that sisters could walk outside without being tanned by the sunlight.