This abandoned church in Utrecht has been given new meaning as a residence. The architects carefully preserved the integrity of the envelope so as not to ruin its historical significance. Accordingly, the new and modern residential volume has been constructed in such a manner that it is completely detached from the existing church structure. This new detached structure is now regarded as a new ‘temporary’ construction within this historical monument. This volume can be demolished at any given time if the residential church is to change its function.
This shining example of re-purpose and re-use of an existing space successfully and delicately respects both the past and the present. You can check out more images and information about the design here.