A church conversion – victorian to modern

Posted on Thu, 11 Apr 2013 by KiM

One of our lovely readers sent us a link to this phenomenal church conversion in Melbourne, Australia. Bagnato Architects was responsible for this incredible transformation, marrying an 1892 structure with 2012 modernism. From the front you would never know how open and modern the interior is – and the lofty space under the roof is a DREAM. (My only beef – couldn’t the electrical wires stuck to the front of the gorgeous church old façade have been buried underground or at least attached someplace less obtrusively)?

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO!!!!!!! (Jo’s birthday is the 12th, but with the 14 hour time difference between us I thought I’d get it in before it’s too late!)

Jasmine says:

INCREDIBLE!!!! Holy wowowoooooo!!!! I am BEYOND in love……when can I move in?!?

oregonbird says:

I'm just a little horrified. Yes, the loft space is fantastico – although overall, the conversion is more of a tear-out than anything else. But then – THEN you have the concrete frankensteinian object that was sewn on next door, because MORE SPACE! I like concrete — my fantasy house is monolithic. But in my worst nightmares it doesn't throw a walkway over to a foursquare or rancher. Because that isn't a thing to be considered even in the dead of night. All in all, it gives the impression of a well-heeled corporate house — a hired chef will smile politely in that kitchen, deals will be made in that padded nook.

Tony says:

The juxtaposition of the old with the new facade is a bit harsh,and I can see the logic behind it. But I would have chosen something other than concrete to do the addition with. I love the cathedral vaulted ceilings and the openness of all the interior spaces. Nicely furnished, as well.

Andrew says:

Wow!!! I think it's amazing – that is how to do a church conversion!!!

lydia-rose says:

Aaaaaaaamazing! Best conversion I have seen to date.

Beautiful creative interior design. What a way to combine a historical church with modern design. Inspiring.

Lea says:

Nope. Churches don't convert to houses – ever.

Wow, talk about blending old and new in a seamless way!

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