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Rethinking Sacred Spaces for New Purposes

Rethinking Sacred Spaces for New Purposes

In the wake of the recent fires at Paris’ Notre Dame and the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, we have seen many architects propose new ways of rebuilding these sacred spaces, opening them up to new possibilities.

Historically, after the decline of the Catholic Church and the increasing loss of faith in several locations in Europe and in North America, the maintenance costs and the disuse of sacred spaces has led to the eventual abandonment of churches, shrines and monasteries with great architectural and historical value.

This opens a new opportunity for investors and architects to rescue and re-contextualize the historical heritage of these buildings. Below we present 15 examples of adaptive reuse in ancient churches--transformed into hotels, homes, museums, libraries and other cultural spaces.

Courtesy of Evolution Design © David Zarzoso Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect © Flos&Beeldpunt + 16

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Santa María de Vilanova de la Barca / AleaOlea architecture & landscape

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

The Chapel on the Hill / Evolution Design

Courtesy of Evolution Design
Courtesy of Evolution Design

Church Conversion into a Residence / Linc Thelen Design + Scrafano Architects

© Jim Tschetter
© Jim Tschetter

Convent Carmen / Francesc Rifé Studio

© David Zarzoso
© David Zarzoso

Damião de Góis Museum and the Victims of the Inquisition / spaceworkers

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Library, Museum and Community Center ‘De Petrus’ / Molenaar&Bol&vanDillen Architects

© Stijn Poelstra
© Stijn Poelstra

Convent de Sant Francesc / David Closes

© Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca

Contemporary Art Space in the Former Convent of Madre de Dios / Sol89

© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

‘De poort van Borne’ Healthcare Center / Reitsema & partners architecten

© Ronald Tilleman
© Ronald Tilleman

Ptuj Performance Center / ENOTA

© Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič

God's Loftstory / Leijh Kappelhoff Seckel van den Dobbelsteen architecten

© Vincent van den Hoven
© Vincent van den Hoven

House In A Church / Ruud Visser Architects

© René de Wit
© René de Wit

The Waterdog / Klaarchitectuur

© Flos&Beeldpunt
© Flos&Beeldpunt

Le St-Jude / Thomas Balaban Architect

Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect
Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect

La Rectoria Chidren’s Summer Camp / OAB

© Joan Guillamat
© Joan Guillamat

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    Cite: Fernanda Castro. "Rethinking Sacred Spaces for New Purposes" 07 May 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/915700/rethinking-sacred-spaces-for-new-purposes/> ISSN 0719-8884
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