Tuesday, August 21, 2012

13th Century Church Gets New Life as a Bookstore

BOOK RIOT: This Dominican church in Maastrich Netherlands was built in 1294, but when Napoleon pushed the order out in the 18th century, the church fell into disuse. In 2007, the Dutch chain Seleyx hired Merkx Girod to convert it into a bookstore. Rather than break up the vertical space with multiple floors, a three story “bookcase” takes up half of the church’s footprint. The building’s 8,000 square feet becomes more than 12,000 square feet of floorspace, maintaining the impressive scale of the church, while also making it feel modern.

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