Where we live, churches that are no longer needed for religious purposes are turned into condos and pass out of the public realm. How much more appropriate that they turn into such a magnificent shrine to the book.
It is by Merkz+Girod Architects in Maastrcht, and won an architectural interiors award. The jury thought that the "combination of book complex and church interior [was] deemed particularly successful"
Geoff Manaugh notes an overlap between two cultural types on the verge of extinction, the church and the bookshop, have come together to form a kind of last gasp for either entity. ::Bldgblog