There’s something magnificent about cathedral architecture. The Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica, Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, and of course, Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral all scream architectural genius. It’s no wonder people have turned them into museums and historical landmarks. This gorgeous church located in Utrecht, Holland dates back to the 7th century and served as a show room and concert hall after it shut down church services in 1991.
ST. JAKOBUS CHURCH IN UTRECHT
Fortunately, the exquisite building won’t go to waste since an architecture firm has taken the church and converted it into an ultra-chic and modern residence. Zecc architects aimed to preserve the building’s famous exterior while converting the interior into an open and modern living space. They wanted to preserve the classical look of the church in case it needed to be converted back into a church in the future.
The inside foyer
THE ULTRAMODERN LINES ARE STRIKING AGAINST THE ORIGINAL STAINED GLASS WINDOWS
CLEAN ANGLES AND VERY CONTEMPORARY ART AND DESIGN KEEP THIS HOME FROM LOOKING TOO KITSCHY OR CUTE
AND THE FLOATING WALLS AND CEILINGS MAKE FOR SOME SURPRISING PLACES FOR THE NATURAL LIGHT TO COME IN
HE DINING ROOM TABLE IS ONE OF THE CENTERPIECES OF THE HOME, PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING GUESTS
THE LOFTED BEDROOM GETS PLENTY OF NATURAL LIGHT
THE RENOVATED CHURCH PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS A SHOWROOM FOR ANTIQUE FURNITURE FOR SIX YEARS BEFORE GETTING THE FULL MAKEOVER
FROM THIS ANGLE, YOU’D NEVER GUESS IT WAS MEANT TO BE ANYTHING ELSE