Would you live in a church?

A former church in Utrecht turned apartment by Zecc Architects

A former church in Utrecht turned apartment by Zecc Architects

A former church in Utrecht turned apartment by Zecc Architects

On Friday, I am officiating my twin sister’s wedding. To legally do this, I have been ordained as a minister, which is strange. The private ceremony will take place on the rooftop of a restaurant in our fairly rural hometown, and preparing for the event has me watching an endless barrage of wedding ceremonies on youtube. Most are in religious spaces, but what makes a religious space? So for the rest of the week, I thought we would look at examples of modified religious spaces.

Today we’re starting in Utrecht, looking at a former church that has been resurrected as a spacious and modern apartment. As a bonus, the space is now available for rent. The 19th century building, formerly Saint Jakobus, has been repurposed by Zecc Archtiects who took particular care the preserve the exterior along with the tall stained glass windows. The result is a mostly white interior with plenty of traces of the building’s former purpose; traces that lend character to the project. The space is clearly chic, even if it’s not entirely clear how livable the former church is. There are just some things you don’t want to do in such a space. Isn’t it enough to worry about a place being haunted without worry about those ghosts being holy?