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July 28, 2019

15th-century cathedral transformed into a modern bookstore


From Colossal:


For many, reading a good book can be a religious experience, but this bookstore in Zwolle, The Netherlands takes that idea to a whole new level.


Architects BK. Architecten were tasked with converting this 15th-century Dominican church into a modern bookstore with the addition of 700 square meters of shopping space.


There was one major catch: all the historical elements of the 547-year-old building — including stained glass windows, pipe organ, ceiling paintings, and expansive arches — had to remain intact.


BK. Architecten managed to add three levels of retail space to the side wings of the church in such a way that the additions can one day be removed in order to restore the church to its original design.


In addition, only three colors of building materials were used to mimic the existing palette of the cathedral's interior, to ensure that the bookstore would pay reverence to the original space.


Waanders In de Broeren opened in the summer of 2013.

Many more views on the architect's website.

Photos by Joop van Putten and Hans Westerink.

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