Heavenly Loft


The transformation of this historical 1928 church in Haarlo, The Netherlands was approached with practicality and a sense of humor. The firm of  Leijh, Kappelhof, Seckel, van den Dobbelsteen Architects used the basic elements of concrete floors, white stucco walls, existing cladding, and pops of red while also adding tongue in cheek features such as the “Stairway to Have Fun”, a “Swinging Sister” swing, the “Guardian Angels” in the dining area, and “lost sheep” in the garden. The stairway serves many purposes, room divider, exhibition wall, closet, built in kitchen, and well, stairs. Whatever the approach the results are phenomenal, just don’t take a bath when guests are over. (Click photos for larger images.)     pb

Their description of the project…

The former Dutch Reformed Evangelism Building in Haarlo has been transformed into a unique loft. The starting point for the design were the retained (mostly with a need for restoration) qualities of the 1928 dating monument, the façade, the bell tower with clock, the volume, the iconic location on the outskirts of the village and nice details like the wooden roof construction, the old panel doors and arch windows with stained glass.This project demonstrates that a transformation of a church with limited resources is possible, when using a smart design and an efficient plan. The concept was; strip, isolate and furnish. The result represents the motto of the owners: “Cherish your inner child; remain pure, playing, exploring and a little bit naughty!”

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2 Responses to “Heavenly Loft”

  1. 1 Jeni Johnson

    Wow! Love the tub. 🙂

  2. 2 Suzanne

    Wow, fantastic blog format! How long have you ever been running a blog for?
    you make blogging look easy. The total look of your web site is wonderful,
    let alone the content material!

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