Working in the Sacré Coeur church in Casablanca, Morocco, French artist Miguel Chevalier created a pixel masterpiece called “Magic Carpets 2014,” which is projected onto the floor of the cavernous space. Like an ever-changing textile unrolled between the columns and stained glass in the magnificent building, the light installation is an ode to traditional Moroccan craftsmanship.
The three-minute video below shows how the white-washed church exterior opens up into a kaleidoscope of color, design and shape-shifting splendor that references everything from microorganisms to embroidery.
Miguel CHEVALIER Tapis magiques 2014 Casablanca (Version courte) from Claude Mossessian on Vimeo.
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Designers had to mix old and new when it came to creating this Waanders In de Broeren bookstore in The Netherlands. BK Architecten‘s transformed a 15th century church into a modern bookstore, which includes a third floor and coffee shop. The design had to uphold the historical value and size of the church while making it a functioning retail store. To best preserve the original look of the space, only white balconies and natural materials were added to the church building.
Images: BK ARCHITECTEN