Highlighting the role of vaulting in Belgian architecture in a transitional era
Adding vaults to buildings has been an architectural practice with at least one thousand years of history. Vaulting started to decline approximately in the 18th century, while the following century is marked by the introduction of new construction materials, architectural styles and functional needs. Using case studies from Belgian architecture and considering the changing context of the newly industrialised country, the EU-funded BELVAU project is focussing on the study of the evolution of vault construction in Belgium in the 19th and 20th centuries. The project's aim is to improve the heritage value assessments of vaulted buildings from this period.