30 June, 2010

Adapted church buildings: private residences

Sacrum and profanum, the holy and the earthly, as the opposites, can not exist simultaneously in the same space. The border is sharp, or... this is the way it used to be. What happens when the profane enters the realm of the sacred? How do these two worlds interact in restored church buildings?


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Church of Living by Zecc Architecten

An old Catholic chapel in Utrecht, transformed into minimalistic-style, spacious residence. The project was nominated for The Dutch Design Award in 2008.

The architects, Rolf Bruggink and Marnix van der Meer, decided to let more daylight inside and added roof windows. The interior was painted white, what intensified the perception of colorful light, diffused through the original stained-glass windows. A large window added behind the original altar provides the contact with the surroundings. Its abstract design, inspired by Mondrian paintings, corresponds both with the original windows and the sharp lines of the new, minimalistic interior.
The old furniture was re-used: church benches in the dining-zone are original and the table was made out of church benches as well.







































photographs: Cornbread Works, via: arch daily


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London residence

An old, three-nave church located in London, converted to a stylish residence with open-plan kitchen, spacious living-room and splendid mezzanine. The atmosphere of the sacral building had been maintained: the beautiful stained-glass windows and the original wooden roof preserved. 
Have a look at the floor design, seems very modern!























via: the shoot factory 

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Wooden church at Vancouver’s East End

I stumbled across a great article written by someone who actually lives in the 30's adapted church and describes all the problems that required to be solved while changing the building's function. You can read it at: Ouno Design blog.

























via: ouno design

16 comments:

  1. I do love the London residence! Looks actually very cozy. Btw I missed your posts in the past week! xoxo

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  2. these are amazing spaces! everything has such dimension...

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  3. O tak! Zawsze marzyłem, żeby spać w kościele! To są domy moich marzeń!

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  4. I am in love with the chapel in Utrecht, the combinations and style choices are amazing.
    Thanx for the visit and the comment hope your enjoying the summer as much as i do today.

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  5. Jest w Polsce kilka takich miejsc, tylko nie pamiętam gdzie - chyba Warmia i Mazury? Wiejskie, barokowe kościoły kupione i zaadoptowane na domy w stylu ciepło-wiejskim, sielskim, aniolowo-ceramicznym, jak to drzewiej bywało w starych chatach. Jakaś "Weranda" albo inne "Dekorejszyn" to publikowało. Bardzo mi sie podobało! To też bardzo ciekawe.

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  6. Doro, podeślij mi więcej konkretnych informacji, jeśli coś ci wpadnie w oko...

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  7. M.A. welcome at design traveller :)

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  8. Wow this is in Holland? Nice! I really like it! I want to live there :)

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  9. to było kilka lat temu w Werandzie albo czymś takim, poszukam w wolnej chwili i Ci zeskanuję.

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  10. Dzieki, to strasznie miło z twojej strony :)

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  11. Oh my gosh!! these are awesome spaces... awesome designs... Oh.. and your blog is fab!!

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  12. Gorgeous. Not sure I could live in a renovated chruch, but I can certainly oogle these places!

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  13. What an interesting blog. I will visit again soon. Those churches-homes are quite amazing, even if it would not be my choice for living I admire the owners.

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  14. this is amazing!!! i would soo soo soo love to own a church house some day!! even though i think of myself as a more contemporary designer, i love the details and masses of the old world!!!

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  15. fantastic post. I love thinking about how it would feel to live in one of these...

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