26.1.11

BORN AGAIN


Hot new trend in the Netherlands: re-designing the interiors of abandoned churches and historic buildings to be fantastic residences. . . without greatly altering the basic structure of the original building. Yes. Please.

The residence below was St. Jakobus church in Utrecht. This church stopped holding mass in 1991 and up until 2007 had been used as showroom for antique furniture as well as a venue for small concerts. Now it is a fucking sa-weet living space filled with natural light, art, and a massive dinning room table built from old church pews.

If you're curious you can check out more of the conversion projects that Zecc has done Here. . . my favorite being the old factory converted into a loft in Utrecht, the Netherlands seen Here.

16 comments:

L said...

I read about people doing this in Buffalo, NY and most recently with Limelight Marketplace in NY. It is a church, turned nightclub, turned upscale "mall" in the city. God bless.

Fashion Agony said...

Looks gorgeous!!!

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Arlie said...

absolutely brilliant. i would live there and i avoid churches...

Let's Bolt said...

love.

DON'T FORGET THE 'Y' said...

WHAT A DREAM. This is basically my dream house. I had a look at the factory loft too, it's amazing too. Love me some exposed beams. Did you see the stairs in the School Loft? They're crazy, such an interesting design, like art all on their own.

Agn├Ęs et Matilde said...

Amen

EIGHT LONDON said...

I've seen something before, church conversions always look amazing. I wouldn't mind one of my own!

Aly Fox said...

This is pretty sweet. I know someone in Philly who has an office in an old church and the light through the stained glass is pretty unreal. They are re-purposing a church in Carroll Gardens to be apartments also.

Anastasia said...

Oh man, this is so awesome! I want one.

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RaboKarabekian said...

This house is eery. When will people learn its better to tear down churches instead of remodel them. Religion is so fucking passe...

Garlicandwine said...

i like how the lines seem to mirror the reflection of ones own face looking back through a stainglass window. the light of the christ child radiating through the austere atmosphere, and the lumination of all things god and all things mysterious. and the hardwood floors remind me of the kneelers in pews, and i can imagine studying them with my head bent and my hands against the warmth of my forehead....

SummerTeeth said...

this made me say Oh My God out loud. but seriously. this is amaaazing.

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Britta said...

Thanks Molly... this is my favorite post EVER (even cooler 'cause it's in the NL)! this has been on my mind for a while: a blog that features really cool adaptive reuses (old, preserved buildings with new uses)...

http://absorbdissolve.blogspot.com/ said...

Wow, i was not expecting that. Beautiful!
I love how they painted the whole inside white, it makes it so open and free feeling

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