Illustrations of Sacred Spaces Around the World by André Chiote

Architecture can be understood through many prisms but is often seen solely as the response to material demands - housing, leisure, commerce, etc. But perhaps no space is more emotionally and symbolically loaded than that of sacred spaces. Designing spaces for worship (religious or otherwise) can be one of the most creative and liberating tasks of this profession. These spaces transcend the terrestrial plane of mere material to become part of a universe of subjectivity and faith.

We present below a series of illustrations of such spaces by André Chiote, featuring famed architectural works by designers such as Gottfried Bohm, Oscar Niemeyer, and Peter Zumthor. 

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Explaining the motivation behind the project, Chiote said: "Places of religious worship or funeral ceremony, these monuments are always exceptional buildings, remaining while everything around them changes. They are also symbolic and iconic structures. These are the buildings from our era that will remain as our legacy in the future. 

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These buildings serve a larger spiritual purpose that makes evident the artificial-natural dichotomy that permeates every built work. Regarding this, Chiote says that in his illustrations "...simplified architectural geometries contrast with natural elements (sky, water, trees) in a graphic game between complementary elements to create a dialogue between human architectural creation and faith in (supposed) divine creation. "

© André Chiote
© André Chiote
© André Chiote

Check out the other works by André Chiote on his official site or on his Facebook page.

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Cite: Baratto, Romullo. "Illustrations of Sacred Spaces Around the World by André Chiote " [Ilustrações de edifícios sagrados ao redor do mundo, por André Chiote] 23 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. (Trans. Allen, Katherine) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

Luce Memorial Chapel, I. M. Pei. Image © André Chiote

世界各地神圣空间的插画集,由 André Chiote 绘制

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