Picture is showing a very original interior view of a bookshop in Maastricht located in an old church ...
Dating back to the 13th century, the structure was a Dominican church until Maastricht was invaded by Napoleon in 1794 and the group was forced out of the country. Since that point it has been briefly used as a parish, then a warehouse, then an archive, then a giant parking lot for bicycles (not such a terrible idea) and finally made over into a bookstore.
Led by architecture firm Merkx + Girod, the new installations are highlighted by a towering, three-storey black steel book stack stretching up to the stone vaults. The highest shelves are reachable by lift or by a set of stairs within the sleek, well-made stack. The views provided from the top shelf along the nave of the church are nothing short of uplifting.
At the back of the church customers and visitors can sit and admire the beautifully renovated 14th century ceiling frescoes, or chat over a cup of coffee in the café situated in the former choir. In a bit of humor the bookstore also installed a cross-shaped reading table where anyone can sit and flip through the magazines and newspapers kept in the slats of the table. So far the design has won the Lensvelt de Architect Interior Prize, and in 2008 The Guardian called it the “best bookstore in the world”.
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emka (74187) 2014-06-13 22:41
Beautiful bookshop in the splendid interior of the old church. Interesting it has some floors. Good idea. Nice compoisiton.
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chawax (18735) 2014-06-14 0:24
Drôle de reconversion pour une église ! J'aime bien le point de vue au grand angle qui étire les lignes de perspective rend bien la grandeur de ce bâtiment. Exposition bien gérée, bonne netteté.
Giustiniani (3132) 2014-06-14 1:14
Bonjour Jean Claude, une belle capture. Un sujet intéressant, original et très bien traité. Une bonne idée d'allier culture et spiritualité.
Un bon weekend.
siudzi (32723) 2014-06-14 2:44
What an interesting place you have visited in Maastricht. This Gothic interior looks impressive due to the spectacular ceiling and huge windows above the altar. Smartly seen and composed daily life scene. TFS!
Have a nice weekend!
sabermonajati (8993) 2014-06-15 5:24
very interesting place with excellent architecture you captured.
holmertz (38041) 2014-06-19 1:58
Hello Jean Claude,
This is a well taken and very interesting photo. The church has been given a very sensible new function while retaining its old character. I like the diagonal of the composition and the human presence.
- Copyright: Jean Claude Dresch (claudeD) (31029)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-10
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II, canon EF 24-105 F4 IS
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/25 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-13 14:20