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A Bookstore in a 15th Century Cathedral, designed by BK.Architecten

Wouldn’t you love to visit a bookstore as uniquely beautiful as this? Opened this summer in Zwolle, The Netherlands, Waanders in de Broeren is a new bookstore designed by studio BK.Architecten. Of course, as you may have noticed, some of the bookstore’s architecture is much, much older. In fact, what you are looking at is a re-purposed 15th century cathedral.

BK.Architecten took great care to preserve the 547-year-old building’s original stained glass windows, pipe organ, ceiling paintings, and arches. Somehow – and I’m sorry to say that I’m not sure how they managed this – the architects were also able to install all three levels of the store in such a way that they may be removed from the cathedral in the future without causing damage to the historic structure.

Photographers: Joop van Putten and Hans Westerink.

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Via Colossal.

This entry was published on October 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM. It’s filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “A Bookstore in a 15th Century Cathedral, designed by BK.Architecten

  1. Love it. I would love to wander in the Waanders bookstore. It is beautiful.

  2. Pingback: Arte e curiosità dal mondo – L’antica Cattedrale trasformata in biblioteca moderna | Barbara Picci

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