15th Century cathedral is transformed into a book shop - PHOTO

12:40 | 05.11.2013

For ardent bibliophiles, a shopping trip to this book shop must be close to a spiritual experience. Broerenkerk, the famed 15th century Dominican church in Zwolle, Netherlands, has been transformed into a stunning modern book store.Architects BK. Architecten were allowed to radically redesign the interior of the 547-year-old Gothic building on the strict condition they left the original features, such as the pipe organ, stained glass windows and decor intact.The tight building conditions and regulations associated with this unique project means designers had to come up with clever solutions in order to maximise the use of space.Designers have managed to squeeze three floors of retail space into the lofty wings of the cathedral by installing a freestanding and temporary structure.It can be removed at a later date so that the church can be returned to its original purpose.The shop, Waanders in de Broeren, opened earlier this summer and so far has welcomed tens of thousands of shoppers through the grand entrance.(dailymail.co.uk)ANN.Az

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