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Old Church Converted into a Modern Bookstore [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2012-3-19 13:23:13 |Display all floors
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We've seen some breathtaking libraries in the past and this bookstore is no exception when it comes to innovative design. One branch of the popular Dutch bookstore chain Selexyz can be found right inside of a 13th century Dominican church in Maastricht, Holland. The project known as Selexyz Dominicanen Maastricht, designed by architecture firm Merkx + Girod, exemplifies a brilliant union between the opposing aesthetics. The space maintains the church's architectural structure and definitive design attributes while inviting the contemporary stylings of a modern bookstore.

Built in 1294, the cathedral features large open spaces boasting three-story bookshelves. Being that the church contains 1,200 square meters of shopping space with only 750 square meters of floor space, the architects decided to design vertically. They incorporate the modern scheme of the shop without obstructing the religious motifs or structure of the ancient venue. Within the space, there is also a cafe. As a nod to the bookstore's past-life, there is a long table shaped like a cross in the eating area, which is conveniently located where the choir formerly situated themselves.














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Post time 2012-3-19 14:49:43 |Display all floors
Wonderful preservation of history in many senses
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Post time 2012-3-19 14:51:44 |Display all floors
Is that building safe ???
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Post time 2012-3-19 15:17:07 |Display all floors
here's a little story about the bookstore conversion:

Dating back to the 13th century, the structure was a Dominican church until Maastricht was invaded by Napoleon in 1794 and the group was forced out of the country. Since that point it has been briefly used as a parish, then a warehouse, then an archive, then a giant parking lot for bicycles (not such a terrible idea) and finally made over into a bookstore.


It is much better than a parking lot for bicycles!

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Post time 2012-3-19 15:20:41 |Display all floors
Many of the older buildings have withstood all that mother earth can throw at them as well as the machinations of men. This church also will have withstood 2 world wars and occupation by the nazis. Speaking of them, I guess that our resident anti christian mob will love this one huh!

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Post time 2012-3-19 15:51:29 |Display all floors
exportedkiwi Post time: 2012-3-19 15:20
Many of the older buildings have withstood all that mother earth can throw at them as well as the ma ...


But..... Kiwi christchurch cathedral collapsed during the earthquake !! {:soso_e127:}
why? Shoddy construction ?{:soso_e114:}
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