Residential ArchitectureHousesOld Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (1)

Zecc Architecten have transformed an old Catholic church in a bright house in Utrech, Netherlands.

Description by Zecc: The old Catholic St.-Jakobus Church is transformed into a spacious house. The church stands inconspicuously in a street facade at the Bemuurde Weerd in Utrecht city. Since 1991 there were no longer divine services in the church and until 2007 the church was used as a showroom for antique furniture. Also, the church was let out as meeting-place or used for small concerts. For these functions, in the ‘90 there a large mezzanine floor was added. This floor was an important factor in the design process. The mezzanine floor has been substantially modified to recover and enlarge de spatial qualities in the church. More private spaces (bedrooms, a study room and a bathroom) are on the ground floor.

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (15)

The modern residential volume is completely detached from the old church building and can be regarded as a temporary ‘resident’ of the historical church. The circulation space meanders through the volume and connects the open front with the rear of the church where the altar once stood.

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (10)

To strengthen the relationship with the backyard and to provide additional daylight at the dining area, three new glass fronts are created. Furthermore, the church on the outside is fully preserved and daylight and natural light comes in through the original stained-glass windows.

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (9)

The exceptional quality of this project is that the church has been transformed into one dwelling. With this new situation, eventually, it is imaginable that the church can be converted for public purposes such as a library, bookstore, museum or even a church again! The original church construction is hardly modified. The existing wooden floor, stained glass windows and old doors are maintained and repaired where necessary.

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (6)

The new white floor sculpture is kept free from the church walls, columns and arches. The sleek stucco volume is constructed from steel, wood & sheet material. Glass surfaces in the volume constantly offer another insight of fragments in the church. Moreover, they reflect historical elements, which creates a fusion of old and new.

Architect: Zecc Architecten
Project: Residence Church Utrecht
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Photographs: Frank Hanswijk

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (3)

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (2)

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (14)

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (13)

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (12)

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (16)

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (17)

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (4)

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (7)

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (8)

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (11)

Old Catholic Church Converted into a Spacious House (5)

Thank you for reading this article!

The Castle – The Ultimate Workplace for Money.co.uk by Interaction

Interaction Studio created the ultimate workplace for money.co.uk by transforming their unique and characterful office in The Castle. Ranked as the 2nd fastest growing business...

The Young Team of Studio 11 Has Designed Its Own Workspace in Minsk

This office is the workspace of Studio11 - a young team of architects and designers from Belarus - and is based in Minsk. The layout consists of two work rooms, a kitchen, a separate room with materials and samples and a water closet.

Urban Villa – Boutique Hotel in London / Grzywinski + Pons

Architects: Grzywinski + Pons Project: Urban Villa Location: London, United Kingdom Photography: Nicholas Worley Text by Grzywinski + Pons Urban Villa is a 100 room hotel we designed in west London....

Footbridge in Lužec nad Vltavou

The footbridge is conceived as a suspended structure with one pylon and two fields with spans of 30 + 100 m. The main field crosses the river with a width of 70 m.

Dante’s May Travel Fusion Restaurant by Salone Del Salon

The design of restaurant is based on the brand style "fusion" as its branding position,and the designer takes inspiration from Dante's Divine Comedy "PURGATORIO" to make a figurative expression in the space.

Related Articles