An Old Church Transformed Into Luxury Restaurant by Piet Boon Studio

The Jane restaurant is a luxury restaurant converted an old chapel of a military hospital in Antwerp. Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman and chef Nick Bril created their “fine dining meets rock ’n roll” vision together with top architect Piet Boon over three years.

An Old Church Transformed Into Luxury Restaurant by Piet Boon Studio

Piet Boon Studio, responsible for the interior design and styling of The Jane, since then collaborated in the chapel’s unique transformation into a high-end design, contemporary restaurant with international allure where experience is key.

An Old Church Transformed Into Luxury Restaurant by Piet Boon Studio

Based on her belief in authenticity, functionality, and materials that “age beautifully” the studio chose to restore only the highly necessary in the chapel and preserve the rest. The conservation of the original ceiling serves as the authentic host for the ultimate fine dining experience.

An Old Church Transformed Into Luxury Restaurant by Piet Boon StudioThe original altar gave way to the kitchen that is embraced by the glass, like a modern altar. It allows guests to observe everything the team in the kitchen creates for them.

An Old Church Transformed Into Luxury Restaurant by Piet Boon Studio

Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job designed the windows consisting of 500 unique panels. Inspired by the chapel’s original function, foam spatulas, sunflowers, devils, skulls, babies, Jezus on the cross, dice, apple cores, wrenches, ice cream cones, a canon, croissants, penguins, trophies, gas masks and birthday cakes portray a contemporary translation of the old stained-glass windows. Archetypes from various worlds each tell masterpiece stories of good and evil, rich and poor, life and death as well as good food and religion.

The masterpiece in the center of the restaurant is an 800 kilograms-weighing gigantic chandelier of 12 by 9 meters with over 150 lights, designed by the Beirut-based design studio.PSLAB. The luxury chandelier was created in such a way that it contributes to the intimate and ambient divinity of the chapel interior. The design team is aimed to create a scenic ambiance by seamlessly combining artistry and engineering.

Photographs Richard Powers

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