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Major Architectural Projects from around the world: Sacred Built Environment

page updated Aug 14, 2017

Religious Building Designs

e-architect have selected what we feel are the key examples of Religious Architecture.

We cover completed Religious buildings – such as meditation centres, synagogues, mosques, church complexes and chapels – new sacred building designs, and architecture competitions across the world. The focus is on contemporary Religious buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

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Architecture News – latest additions to this page:

Saint John Baptist Chapel in Tenerife – El Hierro island, Spain – 3 Sep 2013
Design: Alejandro Beautell
Saint John Baptist Chapel Building
photograph : Efraín Pintos

The architects say, “the concrete, in contrast to the rough plaster finishes to “tiroliana” (made of crushed volcanic stones from the island), together with the interaction of light on them, constitute the material aspect of the project. And so then, it is prescribed to use smoothed concrete for the floor of the nave, aggregate concrete for the volume of the chancel, and granulated exposed concrete for the background of the altar or the altarpiece and the wall of the Epistle; the granulated concrete will be lighter on parts that form the cross.”

House of Prayer for Bretheren, Litomyšl, Czech Republic – 7 Jul 2013
Design: Fránek Architects
Litomyšl Church Czech Republic
photo : Peter Polak

The designed building represents usage both ancient and modern architectural principles in a simple concept that uses proportions of the terrain and transformation of principles of various classical cultures.

Confucianism and Culture Complex, Andong, South Korea
Design: SAMOO Architects & Engineers
World Confucianism Sunbi Culture Park & Korean Cultural Theme Park South Korea
image from architect

Confucianism Complex South Korea – 20 Jun 2013
The World Confucianism•Sunbi Culture Park & Korean Cultural Theme Park is a complex designed to become a hub for Confucianism and traditional culture in Korea. Located in Andong of Korea, a place well known for its preservation of traditional core values, the project aims to create a new center that will provide a unique experience for its global visitors. The whole complex consists of two major parks with distinct purposes.

Famen Temple Zen Meditation Centre, Xi’an, China
Design: Office for Architectural Culture
Famen Temple Building
image from architect

Famen Temple Zen Meditation Centre – 16 Apr 2013
Following OAC’s win on the international design competition and completion of the master plan for Famen Temple Zen Meditation Centre in 2012, the London-based Office for Architectural Culture recently completed the schematic designs for the buildings, landscape, and experiential features and art installations for meditation in the first phase of the project called the ‘Eightfold Path Forest’.

Kamppi chapel of silence, Helsinki, Finland
Design: K2S Architects
Kamppi Chapel
photos © Tuomas Uusheimo

Kamppi Chapel – 13 Feb 2013
The chapel can be approached from all directions. From the direction of the Simonkatu, one arrives at a small square opening up towards the Narinkka square. From there, a flight of stairs leads down to the entrance level. Entrances are located in two glass facades facing the Narinkka square and the Lasipalatsi building.

Ulm Synagogue, Ulm, southern Germany
Design: kister scheithauer gross architects and urban planners GmbH
Ulm Synagogue Building
photo : Christian Richters

Ulm Synagogue – 10 Dec 2012
20 months after the ground breaking ceremony, ksg handed over the synagogue to the Jewish community of Ulm, Germany. The large window with the Star of David pattern indicates the direction of Jerusalem. Federal president of Germany Joachim Gauck held the opening speech.

San Michele Arcangelo, near Bergamo, north eastern Italy
3D documentation in the restoration of historic buildings
Borgo di Terzo Church Building
image from architect
San Michele Arcangelo – 9 Jul 2012
The church of St. Michael the Archangel (1735) stands in the centre of Borgo di Terzo. Cracks were clearly visible in the front elevation masonry, indicating serious building damage. Due to its irregular architecture, the church – like all historic buildings – required a precise analysis of existing conditions as a basis for the renovation work.

Church Complex Pescara, eastern Italy
Design: Architetto Angelo Campo
Pescara Church Building
photograph from architect

Church Complex Pescara – 6 Jul 2012
The mid-Adriatic sprawling city has by now been analyzed, dissected, especially the completely built strip along the coast, pressed between A14 motorway, the Adriatic railway, the sea. It is made up of a cluster of houses laid on the ground as in a domino disposition: the open issue for its new urban dimension is to point out new central areas from a planning point of view and realize them; the priority may be represented by public spaces and/or buildings.

Iglesia de la Consolacion Cordoba, Spain
Design: Vicens + Ramos, Architects
Parish Church of Solace in Cordoba
photo by architects
Parish Church of Solace – 20 Apr 2012
The parish center is located on a corner plot in a residential area between Historiador Dozy and Francisco Azorín streets. The extended side is situated in front of a green zone and the lateral side faces residential buildings. The rest of the surroundings are still undeveloped.

Sancaklar Mosque, Buyuk Cekmece, near Istanbul, Turkey
Design: EAA-Emre Arolat Architects
Sancaklar Mosque Building
image from architects

Sancaklar Mosque – 10 Jan 2012
Sancaklar Mosque located in Buyuk Cekmece, a suburban neighborhood in the outskirts of Istanbul, aims to address the fundamental issues of designing a mosque by distancing itself from the current architectural discussions based on form and focusing solely on the essence of religious space.

Martin Luther Kirche, Hainburg, Austria
Martin Luther Church Hainburg
photo © Duccio Malagamba

Martin Luther Kirche Hainburg – 16 Aug 2011

Religious Buildings

Key Religious Buildings, alphabetical:

Angkor temple, Cambodia

Angkor Wat
photo © Tom Ravenscroft
Angkor Temples
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, Florida, USA
Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
photo © Robin Hill

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
Bagsværd Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jorn Utzon, Architect
Bagsvaerd Church
photo © Adrian Welch

Bagsvaerd Church
Cathedral of Christ the Light, USA
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Cathedral of Christ the Light
picture : Timothy Hursley

Cathedral of Christ the Light
Chapel of St.Lawrence, Finland
Avanto Arkkitehdit Ltd
Pyhän Laurin kappeli
photo :

Chapel of St Lawrence
Crystal Cathedral, Los Angeles, USA
Philip Johnson with John Burgee
Los Angeles Cathedral
photograph © Andrew McRae

Los Angeles Cathedral
Grundtvig Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jensen-Klint, Architect
Grundtvig Church
photograph © AW

Grundtvig Church
Liverpool Catholic Cathedral, England
Frederick Gibberd, architect
Liverpool Catholic Cathedral
photo © Adrian Welch

Liverpool Catholic Cathedral
Mosque / Islamic Centre / Museum, Albania
BIG+ others
Albanian Religious Buildings
picture from architect

Cultural Centre Albania
St Paul’s Cathedral, City of London
Sir Christopher Wren
St Paul's Cathedral
photo © Adrian Welch

St Paul’s Cathedral
Sacre Coeur, Paris, France
Architect: Paul Abadie
Sacre Coeur
picture © Isabelle Lomholt

Sacre Coeur Paris
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Antoni Gaudi, Architect
Sagrada Familia
photograph © Adrian Welch

Sagrada Familia Barcelona
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayhan Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayhan Mosque
photograph : Speirs and Major Associates

Abu Dhabi Mosque Building
Sunset Chapel, Acapulco, Mexico
Bunker Arquitectura
Sunset Chapel Acapulco
picture : Esteban Suárez

Sunset Chapel
Tampa Covenant Church, Florida, USA
Alfonso Architects
Tampa Covenant Church
photo : Al Hurley

Tampa Covenant Church
Yesil Vadi Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Adnan Kazmaoglu MAM ARC
Yesil Vadi Mosque Building
photograph : Engin Gercek

Yesil Vadi Mosque Building

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