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Living in the church, who would say, is no longer an exclusive privilege of the clergy, but a habit increasingly in vogue among European young hipsters. This is what shows this house in Utrecht, Netherlands, that actually is the ancient Church of St. Jakobus, transformed into residence in its new incarnation.
Since the 1970s, more than a thousand churches closed their doors in the country. Many of them ended up being demolished, but some were kept standing. Initially adapted as cultural centers for community, these buildings are now a new trend, being transformed into modern homes.
Built in 1870, the temple of St. Jakobus was deemed closed in 1991. Having the privilege of being alongside the channel Bemuurde, the space housed an antique store until 2007; when the new owners decided to transform the space in this home, with the work of the architectural studio Zecc Architects and the decoration of the interior designer Thomas Haukes.
With a constructed area of 475 m², the church had its facade fully restored according to the original drawing. Inside, instead of partitioning spaces, the architects chose open environments. Thanks to this, the meditative and spiritual climate was maintained, but like a minimalist touch.
A stretch of the mezzanine was demolished and now houses therooms, office and bathroom. The cutting deck ensured greater natural light on the first floor, where is the immense living room. White walls finishes the original value of the church’s silhouette, as well as the furniture with straight lines and muted colors.
At the bottom of the building where originally was the altar, there’s now the dining room and the kitchen.
The colourful glass windows, doors and original hardwood floors were restored, new white coats were applied over part of the columns, walls and arches. Thus, old and new dialogue through all of these amazing interiors.