Thursday, November 29, 2012

god's loft story converted church

I know that I say this about every converted church residence that I feature here, but God's Loft Story, by Netherlands-based Leijh, Kappelhof, Seckel, van den Dobbelsteen Architects, is totally my new favorite. And while the fake sheep on the lawn may be the first giveaway that this is quite the unusual home, they're just the tip of this residence's iceberg.

Yes, the loft sleeping space complete with bathtub overlooking the rest of the house is a pretty great touch, and I probably wouldn't mind a swing in my home office, or a bell tower, complete with clock, on top of my house, or that awesome looking shed either. According to the achitects:
The former Dutch Reformed Evangelism Building in Haarlo has been transformed into a unique loft. The starting point for the design were the retained (mostly with a need for restoration) qualities of the 1928 dating monument, the fa├žade, the bell tower with clock, the volume, the iconic location on the outskirts of the village and nice details like the wooden roof construction, the old panel doors and arch windows with stained glass.This project demonstrates that a transformation of a church with limited resources is possible, when using a smart design and an efficient plan. The concept was; strip, isolate and furnish.
(Photography by Vincent van den Hoven. Via CONTEMPORIST)

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