Historic Convent Near Paris Turned into Modern Home

Historic Convent Near Paris Turned into Modern Home

We’ve got some great feedbacks from you every time we posted  unusual home conversions. Turning a church or a monastery into a living space is a complex and challenging process. Today’s project, LeCouvent-Loft, is located North of Paris in Val-d’Oise and is in fact an old convent (dating back to the 18th century) turned into a contemporary place to live. The new “loft” has an area of 2,475 square feet and features impressive modern arrangements that you could otherwise find in luxurious penthouses. With a vivid and eye-catching chromatic, when inside, no one could possibly guess this building’ former usage. And if you are interested in knowing how this convent looked centuries ago – in 1769, have a look at the last photo of the post and compare. Freshome readers, what is your stand when it comes to turning old castles and religious institutions into modern living spaces?



  • Monika April 22, 2011 at 08:54 AMLogin to Reply →

    I could think of better uses for this double-height great space downstairs and I’m not so keen on their furniture. But the things I love here include the perfectly symmetrical kitchen (beautiful), the amount of light-filled space, the grey textures on floor and wall on mezzanine level, and this crazy steel beam in one of the bedrooms (love it!).

  • Angela April 22, 2011 at 09:45 AMLogin to Reply →

    My answer to this is YES!!! PLEASE!! Do it! Renevate & preserve this piece of history, own it if u can. Doing all rhe work.for someone is awesome. Do not let this beautiful building just sit, rotting. Thank goodness the heart, vision, finances, passion, dedication, energy was expended to ressurect, recreate this historical piece of architectural artistry. I love these dearly. They truly are inspiring. <3
    Happy Good Friday.

  • Karla Hollencamp April 22, 2011 at 09:54 AMLogin to Reply →

    It is always good to see a building restored and used for another era of productivity. It is the green thing to do. I have no qualms about formerly sacred spaces being adapted for residences. Many of these, like the example in this story, have significant architectural value which is both appealing and worth preserving. The modern style used in the example is good design.

  • IVA April 22, 2011 at 18:46 PMLogin to Reply →

    I wonder what’s happening in the rest of the convent? Is it also converted and what does it look like? I like conversions, but not a big fan of this one (could be because I dislike purple?). I think it would have been nice to preserve more of the original building inside, like window molding, may be crown molding, assuming it was in decent condition.

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  • Ben Heimsath April 28, 2011 at 02:43 AMLogin to Reply →

    The conversion of a church or place of worship is very different than a castle or other old building. When considering the appropriateness of a secular use, it is important to know the building’s origins. Were specific services or rituals conducted on site? When and how was the space de-commissioned?

    Many faiths have prescribed rituals for removing sacred elements and closing a previously sacred space. Some faiths do not, and believe the space remains sacred in perpetuity. Consideration of the building’s history should be included in any plans to reuse a former place of worship.

    This exciting space originally was a convent. A convent is generally understood to be a residence for ordained women in a religious order. There may have been a chapel somewhere in the building, but otherwise the conversion of the convent may be no different than converting an old dormitory. So it looks like a great project, and a terrific reuse of an old building.

  • Anisha May 17, 2011 at 09:21 AMLogin to Reply →

    Kudos to you! I hadn’t tohught of that!