Hidden modernity: reinforced concrete trusses in Brussels parish churches (1935-40)

Romain Wibaut, Thomas Coomans, Ine Wouters

Onderzoeksoutput: Conference paper

1 Citaat (Scopus)
119 Downloads (Pure)


In the 1920s, modernist and Art Deco architects experimented enthusiastically with new materials, designs and ornaments. In the Brussels Capital Region several modernist churches were built entirely in reinforced concrete and decorated with abstract forms. In the following decade, however, because of the economic crisis and the stagnation of the construction sector, traditional design and styles took over again. New technologies and reinforced concrete were still used, but they were hidden. This paper focuses on the less studied churches from the late 1930s, which turned their back to modernism and combined Romanesque forms and regional characters. Based on fieldwork, archive and literature study, this paper contributes to understanding the technical use and esthetical context of reinforced concrete in church construction in the late inter-war period.
Originele taal-2English
TitelBuilding Knowledge, Constructing Histories
SubtitelProceedings of the Sixth International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH), Brussels, Belgium, 9-13 July 2018
RedacteurenIne Wouters, Stephanie Van de Voorde, Inge Bertels, Bernard Espion, Krista De Jonge, Denis Zastavni
Plaats van productieLeiden
UitgeverijCRC Press
Aantal pagina's8
ISBN van elektronische versie978-0-429-50620-8
ISBN van geprinte versie978-1-138-58414-3
StatusPublished - 2018
Evenement6th International Congress on Construction history - Palais des Académies, Brussels, Belgium
Duur: 9 jul 201813 jul 2018

Publicatie series

NaamBuilding Knowledge, Constructing Histories


Conference6th International Congress on Construction history
Verkorte titel6ICCH
Internet adres


Duik in de onderzoeksthema's van 'Hidden modernity: reinforced concrete trusses in Brussels parish churches (1935-40)'. Samen vormen ze een unieke vingerafdruk.

Citeer dit