Ruud Visser Architects in South Holland took on a project to convert a wooden church constructed in the 1930s to a comfortable home for a family of four. The property is located on the De Rotte River in Rotterdam. Before the renovation project, it had been turned into a storage facility and a garage.
The church was a large one, with an area of just over 32,000 square feet. Rather than design a home with extra-large rooms or making a 20-room dwelling to fill up the area, a very creative approach was used.
A home that would fit the needs of its inhabitants (two adults and two children) was designed so that it could be built inside the church. Open spaces allow the family members and their guests to walk around their home while remaining inside the church structure. The back of the house is made of glass and provides an open view of the river.
The original woodwork for the transept of the church is visible, as well as some stained-glass windows. The overall impression of this home is a very modern space with interesting architectural details.
The idea of respecting the original structure and building in it is a very interesting one, and we can see how it would work well for this family’s needs. This is a home with character, and the natural wood brings an element of warmth into the updated living space. Does the idea of living in a converted church appeal to you?
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