There are those who are on the fast track to heaven, sitting on the same self-designated spots on the pew every Sunday. Then there are those who have accepted themselves as a notorious truant of the church. Whether you identify yourself with the former or latter group, there exists a means to radically improve your attendance and/or potentially make you a shoe-in at heaven’s gate.
Though some might perceive going to a church on a daily basis a bit too excessive it is only because they have yet to see these amazing church conversions that have transformed places of worship into incredible residential and commercial spaces. Below are three examples of said architectural achievements:
1. Convent de Sant Frascesc
Before these funky upgrades were installed, the Convent de Sant Francesc was partially run-down and slowly collapsing. With architect, David Closes’s help, this former Spanish church has been repurposed to become a cultural center for the community as an auditorium and multipurpose space. New additions include a contemporary staircase with geometric shapes, glass walls, and steel steps. Closes’s renovation efforts also aim to restore and preserve the building’s historic details.
2. Church of Living
The geniuses of Netherland architects Zecc Architecten transformed this traditional chapel into a sleek, modern living space. The vaulted ceilings, white walls and floors, as well as, the added skylights provide this residence an abundance of natural light with the stained-glass windows creating a quirky kaleidoscope effect. In contrast to the monochromatic main living area, the bedroom and bathroom are coated with a dark grey color as pops of red appear throughout the space.
3. Bookstore Selexyz Dominicanen
Formerly the Dominicaner Kerk Maastricht, this majestic cathedral has been converted to a massive bookstore. In 2007, architects from Merkx + Girod, granted their client’s requests by emphasizing the height and existing architecture of the building. They achieved this by creating black, multilevel shelves set against the walls as not to disturb or drown out the original details of this breathtaking edifice.
So, whether you’ve got a shimmering perfect attendance record or have been M.I.A. at Sunday service, these church conversions will have you feeling like you’ve died and gone to heaven. Which of these establishments do you see yourself bowing down to worship? Let us know in our comment box below!
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