Boundary pushing architectural firm Zecc Architects breathed a decidedly modern life into an old world cathedral in the Netherlands by redesigning it from the ground up, turning an antiquated house of worship into a stunningly beautiful home.
The far from humble abode has two living rooms, a large rec room, a library, bar, massive kitchen, sleeping quarters equipped to handle a small football team, and an elevator. The designers of the monastic masterpiece were quick to weigh in on the exhaustive, and innovative renovation;
“Since a few years this church in Utrecht [has been] used as a showroom for antique furnishing, a conference room and a space for small concerts. Because of these functions a floor was inserted in the church. In the church conversion, the inserted level is adjusted to emphasize the spatial qualities and sight lines of the church. To keep the facade of the church undamaged, no window frames are added to the facade, but the inside of the enormous church is seen as an exterior space. In this way internal patios in the inserted floors are realized to provide the underlying function with day light.”
All of that planning and hard work surely equates to a brow sweat inducing price tag, but for some deep pocketed real estate and design buffs, no price is too high to achieve extreme exclusivity. Wow…