In 2009, the Saint Jakobus Church, located on Bemuurde Weerd Oostzijde 56, was converted into a beautiful modern town house: "WoonkerkXL" ("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, however, was too heavy for the foundations and had to be demolished in 1889. Being the only church built in Utrecht in the so-called plasterers' gothic style, the Saint Jakobus was at best "soberly decorated" Now, however, it is a true modern architectural masterpiece. The interior styling is the work of Thomas Haukes from (springers)wonen. The finish complements the strong design of the architect, creating an extremely modern living space in harmony with the original design. The original nave (14 meters high) is impressive, but the design of the interior is cleverly balanced to ensure that those whom call the church "home" are not lost in vastness. 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. The former Saint Jakobus Church is of historic and architectural significance and is registered as a municipal monument.
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