This extraordinary church conversion proves that buildings can be re-purposed and still lend their original charm to the new establishment. The Selexyz Bookstore in Maastricht used to be an old church until Amsterdam-based architectural studio Merkx + Girod adorned the stunning interiors with contemporary library details that marry both styles. Gathered under the imposing ceiling of this 13th century Dominican church, thousands of books inspire people to follow their dreams while carefully constructing a view of the future – respecting past architecture while maintaining the interest for modern upgrades. The 1,200 square meter church features vertical multi-story bookshelves shaping a fascinating library interior design and a cafe showcasing a cross-shaped main table, with rounded tables and stools all around – this is the space formerly occupied by the choir. Keeping most of the original interiors intact, the architects managed to convert a holy space into a knowledge fountain.