February 15, 2008
Ancient church buildings were propably the first “designed” spaces. Their architecture manipulated light and space (think of the progressive location of the arches, benches, chandeliers, windows etc.) to draw you to the light (the altar) and create a soaring atmosphere.
(Funnily enough today´s large capacity discos use the same principle.)
The coolhunter compiled a beautiful collection of church designs and re-designs. The featured churches all use the aforementioned principles, but in a truely inspiring (and contemporary) way.
See more images in The Coolhunter´s article: Immaculate Renovations
The article also contained my new favourite book store, the Selexyz Dominicanen in Maastricht, Netherlands.
I have half a mind to just drive over one day and spend the day there. 🙂 The (re-)design won the Lensvelt de Architect Interior Prize 2007 and was done by the architects of Merkx + Girod. The corresponding article “A bookstore made in heaven” can be found here.