Wednesday, November 03, 2010

A Divine Home







What was once a former church in the centre of Cape Town, South Africa, is now the secondary residence of Samuel and Danilo Benevelli, an Italian couple who commissioned architect Perry Harrison-Hyde to renovate the space for them. Abandoned by the clergy in 1960, the church had in turn become a dance studio, a woodworking shop and then a photo studio before the Benevellis discovered it. Entranced with the space, they asked Harrison-Hyde to encorporate the original features of the church into the renovation. The result is a serene and monastic space, where old Gothic windows flood with light an interior furnished with modern designs and contemporary South African art. Read more (in French) here. Via Marie Claire Maison.

10 comments :

Sonja said...

Wow! That's gorgeous!
You wouldn't even guess it's a church looking at only the interiror

molly ruth said...

so beautiful! i love that table made of driftwood.

Staci Edwards said...

Love this!

Cassandra Marie said...

All the white is really pretty. It makes the whole place look so neat and tidy.

xo,
Cassie
(Moon Face)

vesilka said...

white nobility!

elissa @ faucethead said...

i envy those that can make black and white work like this! beautiful.

Carpe Diem said...

This is such a great example of understated elegance. I love the idea of taking an old church or school and turning it into a stylish home. Thanks for sharing.

Design Elements said...

simply beautiful!

Maryline said...

I love the coffee table in the 3rd picture, I would like to take a nap on one of the beds on the 5th picture

Charlotta Ward said...

Yes! I love it!

It's elegant and quirky in a simple and personal way! Love this style!

x Charlotta

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