Faith & Form's 2014 Religious Art & Architecture Award Rewards Diversity in Religious Design

Originally published by The Huffington Post as "These Religious Architecture Award Winners Evoke The Sacred In Unconventional Ways," this article reveals the winners in the 2014 Religious Art & Architecture Award run by Faith & Form, an organization dedicated to promoting the architecture of worship.

What makes a space sacred?

If the winners of Faith & Form's 2014 Religious Art & Architecture award are any indication, it may be something different every time. A high ceiling, curved walls, stained glass windows or lush landscaping -- no two winners are alike, and yet each offers viewers a fresh way of interacting with the divine.

Take a look at some of Faith & Form's 2014 award and honor award winners for religious architecture after the break

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West Side Presbyterian Church
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Newman Architects, PC

"What [the jury members] were looking for was great design that was willing to take some risks, and not be just traditional in appearance," Faith & Form editor in chief Michael J. Crosbie, told HuffPost by email.

© Peter Calvin

Watermark Community Church
Dallas, Texas
OMNIPLAN Architects

The architects, whose works live in cities around the globe, all took on challenging projects, Crosbie said, that attempted to demonstrate the ways religious structures must adapt to declining attendance in mainstream religions. Even with this contemporary challenge, the tradition of religious architecture goes back millennia.

© Bob Gundu, James Dow

Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

"[Religious structures] are found all over the globe," Crosbie added, "and are special because they touch something very deep and basic in human beings: a fascination with the spirit, with the unquantifiable. Whether you are a believer or not, great religious buildings have an ability to transport us to another realm."

© Tom Arban

St. James Cathedral Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

© Paul Lukez Architecture

Proyecto Clamor de Paz
Guaimaca, Honduras
Paul Lukez Architecture

Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe

Prayer space in the “Floating School”
Shangkhaburi village, Thailand
Kochi University of Technology

© Greg Wilson, Ryan Gamma

St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Sarasota, Florida
JNW Studios Architecture • Interior Design

© Francis Dzikowski

Our Lady of Mercy Chapel
Salve Regina University - Newport, Rhode Island
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP

© David Sundberg/Esto

Lincoln Square Synagogue
New York, New York
CetraRuddy Architecture

© Alan Karchmer

KAPSARC Community Mosque
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

© Farshid Assassi

Temple Judea
Tarzana, California
Herman Coliver Locus Architecture

© Alan Karchmer

St. Ignatius Chapel at the Georgetown University
Bluemont, Virginia
Dynerman Architects, PC

© Alessia Riccobono

St. Gregory’s Church
Agrigento, Italy
Pellitteri & Associati Studio

© Aaron Usher

Church of St. Gregory the Great
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Northeast Collaborative Architects

© Hank Houser

Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Athens, Georgia
Houser Walker Architecture, LLC

© Randy O’Rourke

Christ Church Cambridge
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Frank Shirley Architects

© Brady Architectural Photography

First Presbyterian Church of Burbank
Burbank, California
domusstudio architecture

© João Morgado

Boa Nova Church
Estoril, Portugal
Roseta Vaz Monteiro Arquitectos

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Cite: Antonia Blumberg. "Faith & Form's 2014 Religious Art & Architecture Award Rewards Diversity in Religious Design" 04 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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