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!)
Another church conversion to add to our comprehensive “what to do with an old church or what not to do” list. This reuse of church space as office space can be found in Brisbane. ( I can’t believe I didn’t think of it earlier. I used to drive past it all the time.) Mowbraytown Presbyterian Church built in 1885 and redesigned (or is that adaptively re-used) by Base Architecture.
It is no secret to regular readers that Kim and I have a “thing” for church conversions. Today’s remodel is amazing. A minimalist conversion of a stunning stone-built Grade II-listed former Methodist chapel (1868) in peaceful countryside on the Dorset/Wiltshire border. A once austere house of worship is now an austerely beautiful house to worship. Designed by Gary Tarn and for sale through The Modern House Real Estate Agents here, the price will have you selling your soul but oh my what a home! (Many thanks to professional house stalker Selina for the introduction to this website.)
Well maybe not married. At least in not this deconsecrated and now renovated little brick chapel in West Hobart, Tasmania. Yes I’m stalking Tasmania! The history! The cutest buildings. This sturdy early 1900’s building has been transformed with a contemporary warehouse vibe but the chapel shell remains as does the simple utilitarian feel. It was plain and functional in the praise of the Lord when it was a church and now it is minimal and functional in the service of the owners. Link here while it lasts.
A couple of weeks ago I was stalking a church conversion in Adelaide. Modern behind a traditional bluestone facade. A little too modern for some. Want to join this congregation instead? Such a pretty little church and definitely loads of space for preaching to the converted. Just outside Adelaide this time in Houghton. A divine transformation? Link here while it lasts.