The 19th-century listed monastery of Mariënburg in the historic city centre of ’s-Hertogenbosch has been transformed into a multifunctional venue. University buildings, student accommodation and office space for start-ups and small companies have been combined into a green city centre setting. The universities of Eindhoven and Tilburg have set up their new international master’s course in Data Science in this remarkable building complex, under the name of the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS).
The first section of the monastery complex was completed in September of 2016. JADS started up at this time, using temporary educational facilities consisting of classrooms, workstations, study areas and a daytime café. Then the entire monastery complex was restored in stages, and adapted to its new purpose. Lecture theatres, study areas, workstations for start-ups and incubators, meeting rooms and presentation rooms were realised. The former courtyard was covered with a glass roof and is now home to a working lunch café. The centrally located monastery chapel has been transformed into a multifunctional lecture theatre offering seating for 180 students. It can also be used for public meetings, using the flexible seating furniture also designed by BiermanHenket.