Even though we’ve got our hands full with our own church conversion, I still think it’s fun to look at other redundant churches that are on the market. Exercising the imagination by considering the possibilities these other buildings offer is inspiring for our own project.
Here’s one in near Bielefeld in north-central Germany. It is the former Catholic church in Altenhagen. It seems that the building was deconsecrated a couple of years ago, and all the contents shipped off to L’viv. It’s my impression that the Catholics are a bit picky about what they’ll allow in their former churches. In this case conversion to living space seems to be ok with them, but any kind of commercial use is not.
The outside is really quite sweet. It’s surrounded by peaceful fields, bordered by a stream, and has some nice old trees, and at the same time is situated fairly near a large-ish city.
The biggest challenge would probably be sorting out heating and water/sewage. There doesn’t seem to be existing provision for that. The interior would need to be brightened up a bit – the windows are unusually small for a church, so it’s a bit dark. I wonder how feasible it would be to enlarge them? Since the interior is fairly sparse and relatively undivided, there’s lots of flexibility for imposing a layout.
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