20/​03/​2018 — Alge­meen Dag­blad (AD) writes about it as ‘spe­cial liv­ing’. And it cer­tainly is spe­cial liv­ing. The build­ing on the Hoofd­straat in Alphen looks like a church from the out­side, but on the inside it func­tions as a spa­cious and char­ac­ter­ful home.

A church that was actu­ally ready for demo­li­tion has been com­pletely refur­bished and revived. The restora­tion took a total of 1.5 years. Now Coen Kamp­stra, one of the direc­tors of FARO and his wife Miriam live in the for­mer church. Together with their chil­dren Maarten, Julie and Faas and Gijs and Ada van der Laan, par­ents of Miriam. The build­ing con­sists two inde­pen­dent houses, the house of Gijs and Ada on the ground floor, and the Kamp­stra fam­ily liv­ing on top. In this way, the old church forms the desired form of liv­ing in which there is room for three generations.

The project shows how an old, alsmost spec­i­fied object can be rebuild to a new mod­ern home. It is the spe­cial char­ac­ter of the church space that gives the home its own unique space and atmos­phere that is rare in ordi­nary Dutch housing.

FARO Architecten Lisserbroek

land­goed de olmen­horst
lis­ser­weg 487d
2165 as lisserbroek

ves­tig­ing oost
oude kraan 72
6811 ll arnhem

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