I am not a religious person, but I do love the architecture and historical feeling of churches. So when a church building is no longer needed in its original function I love seeing it restored with respect and care towards the history of the building. This however doesn’t mean that the interior of the building should be vintage or ‘old fashioned’. A contrast between the historic architecture and a modern interior can be very beautiful when it’s done well, as in this church in Utrecht.
The Sint Jacobuskerk is a former catholic church that dates from 1870 and was completely renovated in 2009 by Zecc Architects. They removed some floors to open up the space and fully embrace the height of the building which gives you wonderful views of the architectural features and stained glass windows. With the white base and clean lines they gave the space a minimalistic and modern interior but you do see some traces from the original building with the church benches at the dining table and the original wooden floor.
I wish I could say ‘and you can buy it’ but unfortunaly the church has recently been sold but you can still look at the wonderful pictures. For more church conversion see a restaurant in Antwerp or a church that became a skate park.