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Modern Religious Architecture (2001-2012)

Religion has a very powerful influence in economics and politics, and therefore in architecture as well. But if we overlook that for a second and think about religion in a spiritual way, in a way of finding inner peace, being happy with oneself and with our society, then we start understanding the role of religious architecture today.
Designing such a mystical space requires a special light treatment, a dramatic use of height and specific materiality.

Is modern architecture capable of inspiring us with its warmth, light and atmosphere? Here you have some recent examples of modern religious architecture. What do these spaces transmit to you?

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Project
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Chapel of St.Lawrence
Location:
Vantaa (Finland)
Architect:
Avanto Architects
Year:
2010


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Project
:
San Josemaría Escrivá Church
Location:
Mexico City (Mexico)
Architect:
Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
Year:
2008


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Project: Church in La Laguna
Location:
Tenerife (Spain)
Architect:
Menis Arquitectos
Year:
2008


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Project
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Sunset Chapel
Location:
Acapulco (Mexico)
Architect:
BNKR Arquitectura
Year:
2011


Virginia_Duran_Blog_Kamppi Chapel_ K2S Architects

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Virginia_Duran_Blog_Kamppi Chapel_ K2S Architects
Project
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Kamppi Chapel
Location:
Helsinki (Finland)
Architect:
K2S Architects
Year:
2012


Virginia_Duran_Blog_Church_of_Seed _O_Architects

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Project
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Church of Seed
Location:
 Guangdong (China)
Architect:
O Architects
Year:
2011


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Project
:
Chapel in Villeaceron
Location:
Almadén (Spain)
Architect:
S.M.A.O.
Year:
2001


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Project
: St Mary’s Kinglake Church
Location: St Marry (Australia)
Architect: Kavellaris Urban Design
Year: 2010


Virginia_Duran_Blog_Double Church for Two Faiths _Kister Scheithauer Gross Architects And Urban Planners

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Project
: Double Church for Two Faiths
Location: Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany)
Architect: Kister Scheithauer Gross Architects And Urban Planners
Year: 2012


Virginia_Duran_Blog_Temporary_Chapel for the Deaconesses of St-Loup – Localarchitecture

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Project
: Temporary chapel for the Deaconesses of St-Loup
Location: Hôpital de St-Loup (Switzerland)
Architect: Localarchitecture & Danilo Mondada
Year: 2008


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Project
: Santa Ana’s Chapel
Location: Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal)
Architect: e|348 arquitectura
Year: 2009


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Project
: Farewell Chapel
Location: Krasnja (Slovenia)
Architect: OFIS arhitekti
Year: 2009


 

18 thoughts on “Modern Religious Architecture (2001-2012)

  1. Thanks for showing the incredible range of modern church architecture. I am surprised by how many of them appear to be very enclosed spaces, almost secretive as well as secluded. Would love to visit these places.

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      • I am glad I gave you the idea because your post is really interesting. We focus so much on old Church architecture but your post proves that there is a lot of new Church architecture that is worth visiting. Not just churches either. We have a Buddhist centre near us which I love for its architecture and its serene interior and exterior. Actually the church I like most in your post is the Australian one!

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  2. Yes, you are right! We focus on old church architecture when there has clearly been an evolution. I hope your Cartboard Church (was that the name?) end up looking as some of these spaces. And would love to read about the Buddhist centre!!

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  3. Interesting. Most were contructed of straight lines, many slanted, but few with curves or rounded. Most austere, few opulent. They felt masculine, restrictive; not open or feminine. Hard and cold, not warm or inviting. Wonder what that means?

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