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House In A Church / Ruud Visser Architects

  • 01:00 - 23 October, 2010
House In A Church / Ruud Visser Architects
House In A Church / Ruud Visser Architects, © René de Wit
© René de Wit

© René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit +25

From the architect. Along the river De Rotte in Rotterdam stands a wooden church from 1930. The church was not in function anymore and was used as a garage for fixing and selling cars. The church was totally covered with metal plates and looked like a hangar. At the moment of the pitch, the building was in decline.

© René de Wit
© René de Wit

Architecture office Ruud Visser in corporation with Peter Boer designed a ‘house in the church’ for a family with two children.With a volume of 3000 cube, the church is as big as six average family houses. We could just blow up the program for an average family dwelling by six times. Or we could make a house with twenty rooms. But that was not our goal.

© René de Wit
© René de Wit

Our starting point was to design a ‘luxurious house, of normal measurements’ for a family with two children. This ‘house’ will be situated inside the church as an independent object. Crucial in the design is the space between the house and the church. In this space you will experience the confrontation between the sacred and everyday living. This space is held open so you can actually walk around the house while walking inside the church.

© René de Wit
© René de Wit

On the back-side of the original church was the choir. A smaller and lower volume than the actual church. With its back facade directly situated on the bank of the river De Rotte. The original volume of the choir is replaced by a modern volume, with the same measurements but much shorter and with the back facade completely out of glass. The formerly ‘transept’ of the church (cross-ship) is laid open now. And is designed as an immense void, where the whole original church can be seen. The new glass-façade opens the church to the river and gives a magnificent view off the landscape. The transept now functions as a buffer between the outside and the private house.

© René de Wit
© René de Wit

The glass-façade with the huge sliding-doors, the white frame of steal and the moveable blinds in the back-façade, make a striking look along the river-side.

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© René de Wit
Cite: "House In A Church / Ruud Visser Architects" 23 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/83270/house-in-a-church-ruud-visser-architects/>
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48 Comments

René van der Drift · July 06, 2012

RT “@dcreated: Mooi gedaan zeg: #herbestemming van een kerk naar moderne woning in #Rotterdam. http://t.co/Lmg1FdZs #architecture #design”

Van Omme & De Groot · July 06, 2012

RT “@dcreated: Mooi gedaan zeg: #herbestemming van een kerk naar moderne woning in #Rotterdam. http://t.co/Lmg1FdZs #architecture #design”

Ruud Visser · July 06, 2012

Mooi gedaan zeg: #herbestemming van een kerk naar moderne woning in #Rotterdam. http://t.co/tSNDBrS0 #architecture #design

Tonny vander Cozijne · July 06, 2012

RT @dcreated: Mooi gedaan zeg: #herbestemming van een kerk naar moderne woning in #Rotterdam. http://t.co/4JfGx1Gh #architecture #design

Henk Hoogeveen · July 06, 2012

Mooi gedaan zeg: #herbestemming van een kerk naar moderne woning in #Rotterdam. http://t.co/tSNDBrS0 #architecture #design

Gerben van Dijk · July 06, 2012

Mooi gedaan zeg: #herbestemming van een kerk naar moderne woning in #Rotterdam. http://t.co/tSNDBrS0 #architecture #design

David de Jong · July 06, 2012

Mooi gedaan zeg: #herbestemming van een kerk naar moderne woning in #Rotterdam. http://t.co/tSNDBrS0 #architecture #design

Terra Caussin · January 26, 2012

Another good one : http://t.co/papLduyt

Marie Lemaitre · November 26, 2011

@janseurinck hier is er nog zo eentje http://t.co/X2SMtpkF of een vliegende schuur of zo, ook altijd leuk http://t.co/VfVuRnsS

Oscar Gonzalez · September 26, 2011

Divine ispiration = Divine creation :)

Oscar

Abb-d Choudhury · December 14, 2010

Nice house in a church http://is.gd/gE4XJ @plethoraapp

Eric Crabtree · November 22, 2010

Another possible vacation home http://is.gd/gE4XJ @plethoraapp

Eric Crabtree · November 22, 2010

Another vaca http://is.gd/gE4XJ @plethoraapp

mayu! · November 11, 2010

House In A Church / Ruud Visser Architects (via @archdaily) : http://t.co/YYHGUr6

Stephan Telka · November 02, 2010

Cool pics from a house built inside of an old church http://bit.ly/bqMwPE

Geoff Simpson · October 29, 2010

This is the coolest church to house conversion I have ever seen: http://ow.ly/2Zi2U

sullka · October 28, 2010

Does anyone knows what's behind the bed?, between the bed and the bath tub?

It looks like a shower (floor pad) but there's no shower head, faucets or anything.....

Ruud · October 28, 2010 10:25 PM

Hi Sullka,
In front of the bed is a couch. It's not finished yet. In the couch is a white closet. Still waiting for cushions. In the white furniture under the two windows is a flat screen television which pops out. On the other side is the bath tub. The wall behind the bath tub is the wall of the shower.

Carel Munoz · October 27, 2010

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Marc · October 26, 2010

I'm a huge fan of houses in churches. I understand the whole idea of placing a box within a box, but I wonder if they haven't compromised the amazing spacial qualities that the vaulted roof gives. I would celebrate it instead...

bLogHouse · October 25, 2010

The concept "building within a building" (especially when one is new and the other-existing), is not new but always works well. This case is no exception. The space between the container and the contained is both an exterior and interior and is loaded with significance - a very powerful concept.

Matthias Rascher · October 25, 2010

House In A Church. http://bit.ly/d1x52p #architecture #design #Rotterdam #photos

Dennis · October 25, 2010

well done!

Matthias Rascher · October 25, 2010

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Linda Metman · October 25, 2010

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Barbara Mack · October 25, 2010

RT @matthiasrascher: House In A Church. http://bit.ly/d1x52p #architecture #design #Rotterdam #photos

Matthias Rascher · October 25, 2010

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macon church · October 24, 2010

Great idea and pictures. Thanks for sharing

Linda Metman · October 24, 2010

mooi geworden, prachtige foto&#39s van laatste project van ruud. Cool http://lnkd.in/Sv4u5R

Ricardo Fonseca · October 24, 2010

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Adrem · October 24, 2010

Plans?

Linda Metman · October 24, 2010

the concept is very strong and consistently worked through on all levels.

IN TERMS OF ME · October 24, 2010

The idea of a house in a church is lovely and it looks good too!

Linda Metman · October 24, 2010

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Linda Metman · October 24, 2010

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bruno · October 24, 2010

don't like interior church style.

Ruud · October 24, 2010 05:19 PM

Hi Bruno, the grey bathroom furniture is not ours. Also the choices of other furniture. The project had to much variables to control everything. So we concentrated on the big lines: staircase, doors and the position of the furniture. We concentrated on place and meisure of the furniture.

Thanks for your reaction.

Linda Metman · October 24, 2010

nice!! hopefully more of these projects will follow with the discussion on reuse and architecture in the netherlands.

spectives#design · October 24, 2010

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Adrienne Rewi · October 24, 2010

Gorgeous conversion. I could live there - House In A Church by Ruud Visser Architects http://is.gd/geR06 - via @bluevertical

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bluevertical · October 24, 2010

House In A Church by Ruud Visser Architects http://is.gd/geR06 #architecture #interiordesign #minimalism #church *way cool retrofit

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leogar · October 24, 2010

very clever reuse of a church.looks very nice.

Edgard Georges · October 24, 2010

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