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July 28, 2019

15th-century cathedral transformed into a modern bookstore

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From Colossal:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

July 28, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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