Cool Bookish Places

Cool Bookish Places: Waanders In der Broeren

Man, The Netherlands knows how to use an abandoned church.

First, it was this one is Maastrich. Now, those bookish Dutch have taken another former Dominican church, this one founded in 1465 in Zwolle, and turned into another jaw-dropping bookstore. After the Dominicans were out, the church was Protestant for a few hundred years until 1982, when it was abandoned. After a couple of decades of disuse, it reopened this summer as a bookstore named “Waanders In der Broeren.”

The centerpiece of the store is the restored pipe organ at one end of the church. Since the architects decided to keep the main space of the open by constructing new, removable retail spaces among the pillars, the store keeps the striking openness of the church.

What do you think?

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