We shared this 19th century Wisconsin church on Facebook a few weeks ago. Architect Kurt Melander rescued this dilapidated Lutheran church and transformed into a modern home complete with a painting studio inside of the oculus window.
Homes with ecclesiastical roots are sweeping the architecture world. Innovative designers are finding ways to retain the history of the house of worship while creating a modern and functional living space. Here are a few of our favorite churches turned into homes from around the world.
This 1892 Anglican Church in Melbourne, Australia was transformed into an open living space with with gorgeous decor elements and a swimming pool surrounded with crystal clear glass walls.
Some elements of the original church were retained, like the outer facade, arcades, and rounded windows.
The interiors of the apartment in this Notting Hill Baptist Church completely defy their Victorian facade.
Many original windows were kept intact to allow light to flow this stark white space. Pink and purple accents were employed to add color and dynamically contrast with the walls.
We’re crazy about the incredible windows in this space. The sleek look mixed with Gothic shapes brings a timelessness to the overall look.
Although it’s not a living space, this reimagined Sant Fransesc Convent is still incredibly inspiring. Catalan architect, David Closes turned the former church into an auditorium and multifunctional events space.
The rough exterior was retained with modern glass and steel build outs mixed in. Closes allowed this space to become a cultural gathering space again for the community of Santpedor, Spain, just as it was centuries before.
Unlike the more stark spaces we’ve seen above, homeowner Niki Turner, tried to retain the stillness warmth and calm of the shaker influences in this converted space. Providence Chapel is located near Bath, England and is now a wonderful family home with lots of room for entertaining.
The original choir loft now functions as a tucked away office that can be reached by a winding staircase.
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