Hugo Correia creates elliptical concrete church in Portugal

This oval-shaped church in the Portuguese town of Vila Nova de Famalicão is surrounded by rings referencing the crown of thorns placed on Jesus’ head. Architect Hugo Correia designed the Church of San Tiago de Antas for a site overlooking the town and the wooded countryside of the Braga district in northern Portugal. According to the

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Purcell refurbishes Bristol’s brutalist Clifton Cathedral

Bristol’s Grade II*-listed Clifton Cathedral has undergone a £3 million renovation, carried out by British architecture firm Purcell. The brutalist style Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of SS. Peter and Paul was designed by Ron Weeks of the Percy Thomas Partnership, with input from the Vatican, and completed in 1973. A congregation of up to 1,000

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Westminster Abbey extended with “steampunk gothic” tower by Ptolemy Dean Architects

Ptolemy Dean Architects has added a star-shaped tower to London’s Westminster Abbey, the most significant addition to the building since 1745. Standing at seven stories tall, the £23 million Weston Tower is a modern take on gothic, which has been been described as “sci-fi gothic” by Guardian critic Olly Wainwright, and “steampunk gothic” by broadcaster and

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David Adjaye unveils plans for National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra

British architect David Adjaye has revealed designs for a new cathedral in Ghanaian capital Accra, which will host a 5,000-seat auditorium beneath a dramatic concave roof. The cathedral will be Adjaye Associate’s first major project in Accra, where it has previously only worked on private residential projects. The practice is planning to open its own office

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Álvaro Siza combines geometric forms for white-concrete church in Brittany

Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira has completed a church in the Brittany region of France, featuring a sculptural composition of intersecting concrete forms. The church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande is the first to be built in Brittany in the 21st century, and was designed by Siza’s Porto-based office to complement its setting in a residential neighbourhood south

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BNIM resurrects Missouri church with lightwells and exposed masonry

American architecture firm BNIM has renovated a fire-ravaged church in Kansas City, creating a new layout and light-filled interiors to enhance what is left of the original structure. After the Westport Presbyterian Church was largely destroyed in a fire, local firm BNIM rehabilitated the building by restoring the main church and altar as much as

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Work halts on Calatrava’s Greek Orthodox church at World Trade Center site

The future of the Santiago Calatrava-designed Greek Orthodox church at New York’s World Trade Center looks uncertain, as the archdiocese has failed to pay construction fees. Work on the Saint Nicholas National Shrine, designed by the Spanish architect to replace a 19th-century building destroyed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has been suspended indefinitely. Construction had been underway for

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Denizen Works designs floating chapel shaped like a giant organ

London architecture studio Denizen Works has revealed plans to build a canalboat that doubles as a church, featuring a roof that expands and contracts like the bellows of an organ. The Floating Church is designed to journey through London’s canal network to reach Christian worshippers. Based on the pop-up sleeping pods found on old VW camper vans,

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Atelier Štěpán completes cylindrical white church in the Czech Republic

Windows appear to have been carved out of the curving walls of this cylindrical church in the Czech Republic, designed by Brno-based studio Atelier Štěpán. Atelier Štěpán designed the Church of St Wenceslas for Sazovice, a village in the Zlín Region that had wanted a new church since before the second world war. The studio based its design on the

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple was the “first expression” of modern architecture

We’re continuing our look back at Frank Lloyd Wright’s most important projects, in celebration the anniversary of the American architect’s 150th birth last week. Next is Unity Temple, the Prairie-style concrete church that he considered to be his first contribution to modern architecture. Wright designed Unity Temple in 1905 for the Unitarian Universalist congregation of Oak Park Unity Church,

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Gimeno + Guitart creates chevron-patterned concrete for church of Santa Maria Assumpta

Architecture studio Gimeno + Guitart has completed a church and parish centre in Tarragona, Spain, featuring concrete walls patterned with angular etchings. The church of Santa Maria Assumpta is situated in the city’s Bonavista neighbourhood on a plot adjacent to a plaza. It comprises a robust concrete polyhedron flanked by a translucent metallic volume. Madrid-based architects Daniel Gimeno

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“Feather-like” screens front church in Taiwan by MAYU Architects

Rows of perforated aluminium shades intended to represent the feathers of an eagle shield the facade of this concrete and glass church in the Taiwanese city of Tainan. Tainan Tung-Men Holiness Church was designed by local studio MAYU Architects for a site surrounded by residential buildings in the city on Taiwan’s southwest coast. The architects

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Huge inclined roof spans cathedral built by John McAslan + Partners on Kenyan tea plantation

John McAslan + Partners has built a cathedral on the edge of a tea plantation outside Nairobi, Kenya, featuring a tiled and angled roof lined with wooden slats. Kericho Cathedral is the latest in a string of worship spaces designed by John McAslan’s London-based team, which is also working on Britain’s largest mosque. Located around 250 kilometres southwest of the Kenyan capital, in

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West Architecture converts London church into restrained home for School of Life founder

West Architecture has transformed a Methodist church in Islington into a pared-back home dressed with just a few items of furniture to reflect the minimalist lifestyle of its owner. London studio West Architecture, which carried out previous renovation works on the building, was asked to update the space for its latest owner. The client, Morgwn Rimel, is the co-founder

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Philip Johnson’s Interfaith Peace Chapel vandalised in Dallas

A Philip Johnson-designed chapel in Dallas, Texas, has been defaced with graffiti. Police were called to the Interfaith Peace Chapel on 5 January 2017 after the graffiti was discovered on three panels of its pale external walls. Sprayed in black were a Louisiana phone number, a reference to a “brown chivy suburbin” car, the words

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Crystalline church by Moneo Brock sits against a mountainous backdrop in Monterrey

Traditional elements like a bell tower are reinterpreted as pointed protrusions in this sculptural church in Monterrey, designed by architecture studio Moneo Brock. The church of El Señor de la Misericordia forms part of a new development in the city, which is located in northern Mexico. The church is made up of shard-like protrusions topped by skylights and

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Eight of the most majestic Modernist-influenced churches in Iceland

Iceland’s dramatic landscape is dotted with equally spectacular religious architecture. Here’s eight of our favourite churches built in the country’s unique style, which take cues from Modernism (+ slideshow). Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík by Guðjón Samúelsson, 1986 Reykjavík’s impressive cathedral was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, one of Iceland’s most notable Modernist architects who worked on a number of More

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Edmund Sumner photographs Kenzo Tange’s “brutal classic” St Mary’s Cathedral

Swooping steel-clad walls support the cross-shaped roof window of Kenzo Tange’s 1960s St Mary’s Cathedral in Tokyo, documented in these new images by architecture photographer Edmund Sumner (+ slideshow). Located in the Bunkyō district, the cathedral was designed by the Japanese architect to reference the lightness of a bird and its wings. It is one of Tange’s most famous building. Sumner, who photographed More

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Cross-shaped windows allow light to filter into Lebanese church by Maroun Lahoud

Crucifix-shaped windows are carved through the bush-hammered stone walls of this marble-lined church on Mount Lebanon, designed by Paris-based architect Maroun Lahoud (+ slideshow). St Elie Church comprises a series of stacked blocks that fit into the mountainous terrain of Lebanon’s Chouf District, just 30 miles outside Beirut. Containing a semi-sunken hall, a raised service area and a bell tower, the blocks are constructed More

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Window with cross-shaped frame forms beacon for rebuilt church by Dalman Architecture

A tower with a large window rises above this New Zealand church rebuilt by Dalman Architecture, replacing the corner spire of the original building destroyed in earthquakes (+ slideshow). The Christchurch-based architects designed the building as a reference to its predecessor, but with updates that correspond to the changing needs of the congregation. “The new church aims to keep the More

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Pre-rusted steel church by Vicens + Ramos features an “explosion” of windows

Several windows splay from one end of this weathering steel church, designed by Vicens + Ramos as the centrepiece for a growing residential community near Madrid (+ slideshow). The Madrid-based studio was commissioned to create the Church of Santa Monica for the quickly ballooning population of Rivas-Vaciamadrid, a new residential development just 10 miles from the centre of the Spanish capital. The church has a linear More

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DANS Architects creates brick “crown” atop Don Bosco Church in Slovenia

Protruding bricks create a crown on top of this cylindrical chapel by DANS Architects, which forms the centrepiece of a new church complex in the Slovenian city of Maribor (+ slideshow). Ljubljana-based DANS Architects designed the Don Bosco Church around the curved brick chapel. A colonnade with slender columns links the cylindrical structure with the rest of the Roman Catholic Salesian complex. This canopy also frames a curving courtyard, keeping More

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New Jersey church by Urban Office Architecture to feature “sky chapel” and reflecting pool

Urban Office Architecture has unveiled plans to build a concrete church in New Jersey featuring a “sky chapel”, elevated walkways and a shallow pool (+ slideshow). Proposed for Englewood in Bergen County, the 80,000-square-foot (7,400 square metres) Holy Spirit Church will be flanked by two concrete towers – one holding the church’s bells and another containing the so-called “sky chapel”. The building More

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Kuehn Malvezzi’s House of One installation represents a house of prayer for three religions

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: An installation by the German firm Kuehn Malvezzi portrays its design for a religious building in Berlin that would contain a synagogue, church and mosque – all under one roof. The House of One would serve as a place of prayer and learning for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, as well as […]

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Gaudi’s Sagrada Família enters final stage of construction

The Sagrada Família basilica has entered its final stage of construction, over 100 years since its foundation stone was laid and 90 years after its designer Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi died. Six new towers will be added to the Roman Catholic basilica in Barcelona, completing work that was begun by Gaudi in 1882. The tallest of the six spires, […]

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Matthew Lloyd builds decorative brick homes around a 19th-century London church

Diamond-patterned brickwork helps this trio of high-rise apartment blocks in east London blend in with the historic 19th-century church that it surrounds (+ slideshow). Local studio Matthew Lloyd Architects designed the buildings to host 27 new flats, a shop and a community hall for the St Mary of Eton Church, a heritage-listed Anglican church near the Olympic Park in Hackney Wick, east London. The red brick […]

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Ålgård Church by Link Arkitektur features a concave vaulted roof

A dramatically scooped roofline creates a spiky steeple and a triangular entrance for this church in southern Norway by Link Arkitektur (+ slideshow). Norwegian studio Link Arkitektur designed the pale timber-clad church for a congregation in Ålgård, a coastal community based just outside the southern Norwegian city Stavanger. Two points of Ålgård Church’s diamond-shaped roof plate peel […]

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Reiulf Ramstad completes wooden church with a grand spire beside a Norwegian fjord

Oslo studio Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has reinterpreted the traditional Norwegian stave church to create a modern chapel featuring folded timber surfaces and a huge pyramid-shaped spire (+ slideshow). Oslo-based office Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter won a competition to design the 2,250-square-metre Community Church for the village of Knarvik, in Hordaland, Norway. Related story: Bøler Church by Hansen/Bjørndal Architects Built into a rocky slope […]

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Six inverted arches outline the roof of Shonan Christ Church by Takeshi Hosaka

Gaps in the upside-down barrel-vaulted ceiling of this Japanese church by Takeshi Hosaka funnel slices of light into the concrete-lined hall (+ slideshow). Takeshi Hosaka designed the 175-square-metre Shonan Christ Church for a site along the coast of Sagami Bay in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Related story: Chapel of St. Lawrence by Avanto Architects The “restrained” single-storey height […]

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Work starts on Calatrava-designed Greek Orthodox Church on World Trade Center site

News: work has begun on a Greek Orthodox Church designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to replace a building that was destroyed by the collapse of New York’s World Trade Center buildings on 9/11. Santiago Calatrava has designed the Saint Nicholas National Shrine building for the Greek Orthodox Church, which will occupy a site at 130 […]

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