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
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.
Watermark Community Church
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.
Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
"[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."
Proyecto Clamor de Paz
Paul Lukez Architecture
Prayer space in the “Floating School”
Shangkhaburi village, Thailand
Kochi University of Technology
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
JNW Studios Architecture • Interior Design
Our Lady of Mercy Chapel
Salve Regina University - Newport, Rhode Island
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP
Lincoln Square Synagogue
New York, New York
KAPSARC Community Mosque
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Herman Coliver Locus Architecture
St. Ignatius Chapel at the Georgetown University
Dynerman Architects, PC
St. Gregory’s Church
Pellitteri & Associati Studio
Church of St. Gregory the Great
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Northeast Collaborative Architects
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Houser Walker Architecture, LLC
Christ Church Cambridge
Frank Shirley Architects
First Presbyterian Church of Burbank