Residential Church in Utrecht
A remarkable project by ZECC Architects.
In 2009, was the Saint Jakobus Church, located on Bemuurde Weerd Oostzijde 56, converted under architectural supervision into a beautiful modern town house: Residential Church XL. In 1870, the Utrecht Old Catholic Parish ordered the construction of a church and vicarage. Architect Gerard Gerritsen 'finished the job' in a little more than seven months, for the sum of 25,481 florins. The church tower at the front was unfortunately too heavy for the foundation and had to be demolished in 1889. The Saint Jakobus was a soberly decorated church, being the only church built in Utrecht in the so-called 'plasterers' gothic style.
The atmosphere, created by furniture and styling, is the work of Thomas Haukes from (springers)wonen. The result complements the strong design of the architect, creating a, extremely fine living space with original design. The design perfectly takes into consideration the original style, all in the right proportions. The original nave (14 meters high) is impressive, but the balanced design of the inner space ensures that a human dimension is not ignored. The clear plainness that the Saint Jakobus knew at the time of architect Gerard Gerritsen still gives today the power to this monumental building.
The current owners were very careful in the renovation and refurbishment. The renowned Utrecht-based firm of ZECC Architects undertook the transformation from church to home with a great attention to light, space and functionality.