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Blasius church, Made

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Blasius church, Made

The Blasius church is a distinctive brick-built church dating from 1932, with fine brickwork vaulting. ‘It gives the building a particular atmosphere and experience. In converting the church, its unique character had to be preserved. I wanted to be able to feel this atmosphere in every apartment’, says architect Maarten Laout.
For the design, this starting point meant that fewer apartments were created than was technically feasible. The church now contains eleven apartments, of which one in the tower and one in the parsonage. In order to make as few interventions to the exterior as possible, full use was made of the daylight which enters through the existing windows. This choice influences the layout of the apartments. Voids were created in order to allow the limited daylight to penetrate deep inside the apartments.

The living rooms are situated directly adjacent to the façade. The interventions made to the façade are recognisable by the zinc framing. When entering the building, the atmosphere of the old church is still clearly discernible. All the apartments have been placed on one side of the building, so that the authen-tic vaulting is still visible. The old stained glass windows have been restored. The old Blasius chapel, restored to its former glory, is now accessible to all.

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