[Inspiration] Old Church = Epic Bookstore

Remodeling and Home Design
A few years back, Dutch architects Merkx + Girod converted this Dominican church into one of the coolest bookstores ever. I filed away these photos as inspiration back in 2007 and recently rediscovered them. I still think it's awesome. May I present, the Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen in Maastricht:






10 comments:

  1. That is incredible. I'd quit my job to work there.

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  2. That is amazing - thank you for sharing. Wasn't there a trip planned to Maastrich?? ;-)

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  3. Well the apsis I can live with but the church ships? That is a pure sin, someone did not understand the slightest sliver of what gothic architecture is all about. Putting a horizontal stucture into a building meant to strive more vertical and any other period in history has ever done. This is a sin, it maks me want to cry. How can people ruin something like this so brutally?

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  4. I have to agree with living-history! It could have been done much more beautifully and in accordance with the existing architecture. But at the same time, there must be some wonderful reading spaces there!

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  5. Stunning! I'm really considering going to Maastricht again just to visit this bookstore, since I'm not that far away.

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  6. I find the combination of the gothic architecture and the modern design amazingly beautiful! There is a reason why this church is not being used as a church anymore. I am glad people can read, think and educate themselves and this is a extraordinary place to make that happen.

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  7. This store is a beauty !
    If you visit you can read but also sleep in a former church http://www.chateauhotels.nl/default.aspx?fid=24&sc=7#

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  8. This interior is genius. This historic space is not only being used, its breathtaking beauty is being celebrated by the sensitive and intelligent design. Brilliant!

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  9. True, libraries and bookstores should be as quiet as churches. :P

    A from A + B in the Sea

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