The design is based on three pillars: rhythm, structure, and surroundings. These principles are visible in the extension, adding a new order to the introverted character of the monastery. The glass facade offers a 360° view of the surroundings, adding an extroverted character. It is visible how the repeated columns in the facade have their typology next to the design by Jan de Jong and go into a direct conversation by intersecting the building in the middle.
The building is separated into three main functions: the artist and scientist residence, the retreat centre, and the Doornburg facilities. Next to the main entrance, the different visitor groups can each use their separate entrance. In the Nieuw Vechtleven extension, the artists in residence can reconnect with their artistic nature with a beautiful view of the estate and the Vecht.
The Doornburg facilities, like the multi-purpose room, study hall, and workshop spaces, are accessible for day visitors. The large exhibition hall and art basement are accessible for visitors who get a ticket to the exhibition. Attached to the open courtyard and next to the restaurant in the old monastery is a terrace with a beautiful view of the estate. This opens up the character of the monastery.
The building has a hybrid structure: a concrete basement and a CLT structure on top. The roof construction is mainly supported by large CLT columns and CLT beams, the black-burned wooden columns of the facade support the main structure.