FROM THE OUTSIDE A CHURCH, INSIDE A HOME.
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.