Chapel of Living in Utrecht

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Chapel of Living in Utrecht

Dutch Building Development – design by Zecc Architects

15 Apr 2016

Chapel of Living

Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Design: Zecc Architects

Chapel of Living in Utrecht

Chapel of Living

An old Catholic church is transformed into one spatial residence. The character of the small church is retaind and where possible reinforced. The colours of the characteristic leaded glass are brought to life by brightening the complete space. The stained glass works as a projector on the clear surfaces. For extra daylight roof windows are added, through which diffused light enters the converted chapel. To create contact with the city a large Mondriaan-like window is added behind the original altar. It’s an abstract version of the leaded glass with its strong colours.

Chapel of Living Chapel of Living

The balcony with its beautiful organ is extended in the shape of an organizing element. This sculpture defines the different spaces in the chapel: living, dining, cooking and studying on top of it. New spatial hierarchy is created by the asymmetric placing of this organizing element. It’s kept minimalistic and given abstract shapes, by which it intensifies the contrast with the original soft shapes of the chapel. Some original furniture is reused in the new atmosphere, like the church benches in the dining zone. Also the table is made out of church benches. In contrast with the daytime-chapel-space, the bedroom is made extremely dark with clear white sanitary.

Chapel of Living

Chapel of Living

Chapel of Living – Building Information

Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Project Architects: Rolf Bruggink, Marnix van der Meer
Collaborators: René de Korte, Marc Brummelhuis, Thijs Toxopeus
Project area: 250 sqm
Project year: 2006-2007

Chapel of Living

Chapel of Living

Photography: Cornbread Works

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