While super cool church-to-residence transformations come in all shapes and sizes—spa-equipped, ultra-quaint, even celeb-endorsed—this sleek family home designed by Ruud Visser Architects is by far one of the coolest out there. Indeed, instead of simply gutting the massive interior and creating an insanely large single-story home, the team instead built "a 'normal' house created as a separate object placed in the church." In other words, the more manageable-sized, free-standing living quarters take up just the middle of the structure, with open space on all sides between the home and the church's outer walls.
The original wooden church was built in 1930, but stopped being used in the 1960s—eventually to be covered in aluminum sheeting and used as a garage. Now the home is a wash of white, with minimalist decor and (obviously) a lovely, open plan. Original church-y windows and swooping ceiling beams act as reminders of the place's formerly holy duties, while an expansive new glass back side offers views of the river De Rotte. Contemporist has the gorgeous full gallery, right this way.
· A House in a Church by Ruud Visser Architects [Contemporist]
· House In A Church / Ruud Visser Architects [Arch Daily]