Perhaps the most beautiful bookshop in the world

I came across this the other day, which manages to incorporate two of my favourite types of building in the same space: a church and a bookshop.

Click on the image for a far better impression of this wonderful interior. Image: Joop van Putten and Hans Westerink.

Click on the image for a far better impression of this wonderful interior. Image: Joop van Putten and Hans Westerink.

This is the inside of a bookshop named Waanders in de Broeren  in Zwolle, The Netherlands, which has been created within a 15th century Dominican church. 700 square meters of shopping space has been added through the creation of three levels in the side wings of the church, whilst also retaining the historical elements of the 547-year-old building including stained glass windows, pipe organ, ceiling paintings and expansive arches. The even more impressive part of BK. Architecten’s design is that the entire shop interior can eventually be removed to leave the church looking as it originally did without harming any of the features. The entire space looks truly stunning on these pictures, and must be absolutely fantastic to walk around and inhabit. Sadly, I can never imagine such a design being attempted in Britain, or such care being shown to a building such of this that the modern use doesn’t impinge on the structure at all. The joys of the UK planning and conservation spheres.

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Image: Joop van Putten and Hans Westerink.

 

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Image: Joop van Putten and Hans Westerink.

 

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