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April 2014
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A 15th Century Cathedral Transformed into a Modern Bookstore

For many, reading a good book can be a religious experience, but this new bookstore in Zwolle, The Netherlands takes that idea to a whole new level. Architects BK. Architecten were tasked with converting this 15th century Dominican church into a modern bookstore with the addition of 700 square meters of shopping space. But there was one major catch: all the historical elements of the 547-year-old building including stained glass windows, pipe organ, ceiling paintings and expansive arches had to remain intact.

Incredibly, BK. Architecten managed to add three levels of retail space to the side wings of the church in a manner that the entire structure can one day be removed in order to restore the church to its original design. In addition only three colors of building materials were used to mimic the existing palette of the cathedral’s interior to further ensure that the bookstore would pay reverence to the original space.

Waanders in de Broeren opened earlier this summer and you can see many more views on the architect’swebsite. Photos by Joop van Putten and Hans Westerink. If you liked this you might also enjoy reading about a Walmart being converted into the largest single-story library in the United States. (via Arch Daily)

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Atlantis Book Store inSantorini, Greece photo via thepink

Atlantis Book Store inSantorini, Greece photo via thepink

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by chrice

by chrice

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by Marta Favro

by Marta Favro

March 2014
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by warymeyers blog 

by warymeyers blog 

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by Paul Bailey)

by Paul Bailey)

February 2014
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strandbooks:

Props to Blue Willow bookstore in Houston for this display.

strandbooks:

Props to Blue Willow bookstore in Houston for this display.

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Henry Sotheran’s, Fine Books and Prints.Founded in York in 1761, established in London in 1815, Henry Sotheran Limited has a long and distinguished history.
For over 200 years the bookshop has been offering unsurpassed opportunities to collectors and enthusiasts, from the purchase of the libraries of Laurence Sterne in 1768, and Charles Dickens in 1870; the complete stock and copyright of the ornithologist and publisher John Gould; to the successful bid in 1980 for the final draft manuscript of Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selbourne, bought on behalf of the Gilbert White Museum. (Photo: Victoria)

Henry Sotheran’s, Fine Books and Prints.Founded in York in 1761, established in London in 1815, Henry Sotheran Limited has a long and distinguished history.

For over 200 years the bookshop has been offering unsurpassed opportunities to collectors and enthusiasts, from the purchase of the libraries of Laurence Sterne in 1768, and Charles Dickens in 1870; the complete stock and copyright of the ornithologist and publisher John Gould; to the successful bid in 1980 for the final draft manuscript of Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selbourne, bought on behalf of the Gilbert White Museum. (Photo: Victoria)

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Books Actually is an independent bookstore in Singapore that specializes in fiction and literature, literary trinkets, tchotchkes, stationery and more. They publish and distribute books under their imprint Math Paper Books, and produce stationery under the name Birds & Co.

Take a tour of Books Actually with Google Maps.


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by Philipp Götze

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by griffinireland

by griffinireland

#books   #book store   
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noseinabook:

I’m really sad to hear that the Runnymede Chapters in Toronto, formerly the Runnymede Theatre, will be closing February 16th. 
If you’re interested in what’s going to happen to the building, it’s going to become a Shopper’s Drug Mart, but apparently the building will be preserved. [x]
I would really recommend checking out the bookstore before it closes next month, if you live in the GTA. 

noseinabook:

I’m really sad to hear that the Runnymede Chapters in Toronto, formerly the Runnymede Theatre, will be closing February 16th. 

If you’re interested in what’s going to happen to the building, it’s going to become a Shopper’s Drug Mart, but apparently the building will be preserved. [x]

I would really recommend checking out the bookstore before it closes next month, if you live in the GTA.