A former Augustinian convent becomes a modern-day sanctuary at August in Antwerp

A new hospitality project including a hotel, bar, restaurant, wellness and shop designed by Vincent Van Duysen

In Antwerp, the people behind renowned boutique hotel ‘Hotel Julien’ have launched a new and aspiring hospitality project: August. On the recently developed Military Hospital site, a former Augustinian convent becomes a modern-day sanctuary for both Antwerp residents and foreign visitors to enjoy. August re-envisions its historical central function with an open restaurant and a bar, a bespoke hotel with dedicated wellness area, an open air swimming pond and secluded gardens. August consists of 5 different buildings, seamlessly blended together under the guidance of legendary Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen in his first-ever hotel project. The restaurant and bar are curated and envisioned by well-known star chef Nick Bril.

Created with a deep respect for its heritage, August is a modern-day sanctuary, echoing the sacred soul of historical Belgian architecture whilst intertwining a contemporary modernism. Situated in a luscious green corner of the former Military Hospital site in Antwerp, it embodies the character of the area at its finest. The secluded gardens by Wirtz International Landscape Architects connect the different functions of the charming property while offering guests some much needed tranquillity in the city. As soon as you set foot in August, you are a guest to be treated with great care. The August staff are carefully dressed by Belgian fashion designer Christian Wijnants, who perfectly translated his contemporary vision to timeless and elegant uniforms with a nod to earlier times.ARCHITECTURE & INTERIORHistoryThe neoclassical monument of the former Military Hospital of Antwerp served to care for wounded soldiers for most of the previous century. The beautiful conglomerate of neo-classical buildings have since been restored and redeveloped into an urban residential oasis. The different and divers typology of buildings of the Military Hospital convent were home for those who cared for the soldiers, an understated home for the nuns to withdraw from the hectic task among the wounded and ill.Architecture & InteriorThe strategy of Vincent Van Duysen Architects to turn this hidden gem and its gardens into August was to respect the historical DNA of the site and its surroundings, and to align it with the principles that are used for the general redevelopment of the other historical listed buildings – a careful restoration of its architectural neoclassical splendour in collaboration with Callebaut Architectsand the addition of black metal contemporary architectural elements to upgrade to the new function and modern hospitality life. At August the eclectic creativity of the Flemish building styles throughout the centuries meets an understated soulful modernism, creating a perfect blend of both public and private space. August is a place to feel calm, comfortable and at home.The interior is designed as a warm and timeless tribute to the dedicated convent lifestyle. Every step you take within August shows a meticulously thought-out aesthetic. Each element has been custom-designed to match the authentic heritage with a contemporary touch. The intricate designs of the original tile floors were restored and placed back in new-found glory. Large-scaled windows allow for an abundance of natural light, which stands in great contrast with the closed character of its former function. Almost everything you see in August’s interior was custom designed by Van Duysen, in collaboration with Molteni, Flos and Serax, among others.In the interior colours refer to elements of the existing with its soft green wood, dark smoked oak or black and white to emphasise the contrast between the contemporary (black) and the classic (white). This attitude has been consciously applied all over the project and returns its classical feel now to the new public. The carefully restored mouldings and doors and hand painted tiles together with the white marble in the chapel are undisputedly the protagonists of the classic interiors where the black elements refer to the new – a contrast that carefully brings contemporary life to this project.

August is a place where you feel calm and at home without neglecting the fact that you are in a place that was sacred. We have fully considered the past as being a beautiful gift to keep and reinterpret what we have in a modern way. August strokes all the senses with the richness of its textures and objects that are in delicate harmony with its sacred soul. – Vincent Van Duysen


August bar and restaurant are curated and envisioned by well-known chef Nick Bril of neighbouring Michelin-star restaurant The Jane. Nick has challenged himself to go beyond his signature style and has thought out an internationally inspired à la carte menu focusing on product, season and terroir. From breakfast until dinner, both hotel guests and local residents will find accessible yet creative dishes on the seasonal menu. Nick and his sous-chef Pieter Starmans define the August cuisine as modern brasserie cuisine. The kitchen team uses fresh and local ingredients, some of which they grow on the roof of PAKT, the adjacent repurposed industrial site housing a melting pot of creative businesses in renovated warehouses, with an ambitious rooftop city farming project. Enjoy a refined meal under the black steel and glass roof of the winter garden or in the wonderful gardens under the covered heated terrace.

August bar serves a perfect mixture of elegant drinks and savoury bar food, that can be enjoyed in the high-ceilinged chapel.

Food and drinks will be served in specially designed August tableware. The Passe-partout’ collection is designed by Vincent Van Duysen for Serax and includes glassware, porcelain tableware, cutlery and wooden objects. The past is reflected in many aspects of this collection. Glasses that are vaguely reminiscent of chalices, and carafes of different sizes that make any bottle on the table superfluous. With the porcelain tableware, countless visual effects can be created by stacking or by playing with the contrasting white and black exterior colours. The cutlery and wooden accessories also follow the blueprint Vincent Van Duysen had in mind for Passe-partout: no-nonsense, a tad nostalgic, while at the same time very contemporary.

Meeting facilities

  • m² 149
  • meeting spaces 5
  • from 2 to 32 persons

Projector – Whiteboard – Wifi – Daylight

Jules Bordetstraat 5

2018 Antwerp

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