For many, reading a good book can be a religious experience, but this new bookstore in Zwolle, The Netherlands takes that idea to a whole new level. Architects BK. Architecten were tasked with converting this 15th century Dominican church into a modern bookstore with the addition of 700 square meters of shopping space. But there was one major catch: all the historical elements of the 547-year-old building including stained glass windows, pipe organ, ceiling paintings and expansive arches had to remain intact.
Incredibly, BK. Architecten managed to add three levels of retail space to the side wings of the church in a manner that the entire structure can one day be removed in order to restore the church to its original design. In addition only three colors of building materials were used to mimic the existing palette of the cathedral’s interior to further ensure that the bookstore would pay reverence to the original space.
Waanders in de Broeren opened earlier this summer and you can see many more views on the architect’swebsite. Photos by Joop van Putten and Hans Westerink. If you liked this you might also enjoy reading about a Walmart being converted into the largest single-story library in the United States. (via Arch Daily)
Hey, I lost 7 followers by posting that selfie. My self esteem’s going to take a vacation now, bye.
*posts more selfies*
I’m afraid, I’m starting collecting images of my mother in my head. Yesterday we went biking somewhere nice and I just looked at her for the longest time. She was against the light, but her face was clear to me. She seemed to be having fun. She hadn’t ridden a bike in years. The whole world went mute. felt the urge to save it, in my memories. And for a moment I was sent to the far future where it would be one of the only things I could see her in.
It breaks my heart.
also! got my pics developed from galesburg !
I took a bunch of photos of the people I met and the things that I did, but for some reason these are my favorites. the sunsets and the days are really wild in the midwest. it was strange to see snow on the ground. i still feel weird.