March 20, 2011
It being Sunday – the Lord’s day for some religious persuasions – we thought we’d showcase a church conversion that had our office split as to whether or not it really works.
The building in question, which used to be Saint Jakobus Church, was reportedly built in 1870 in the Netherlands city of Utrecht. It ceased operating as a church in 1991 and served sporadically as a showroom for antique furniture and as a concert venue before being converted by Zecc Architects in 2009.
Here are the stats: 5,100-square feet of living space, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a study, an elevated living room and a choir (kidding about the last one). It was pointed out in our BuzzBuzzHome round-table discussion that the building possesses amazing space and light but also that the overall aesthetic was very cold and, well, still somewhat too church-like.