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Best Small Chapel Architecture & Design

© Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

Cortesía de Nicolás Campodónico© Yao LiCortesía de STUDIO associates© Davide Perbellini+ 32

This week we’ve selected the best chapels previously published on our site. They reveal different ways of designing a small and sacred space. For inspiration on how to create these atmospheres, integrate different materials, and make proper use of light, we present 32 remarkable examples.

Contemporary Religious Architecture That Rethinks Traditional Spaces for Worship

© Fabrice Fouillet
© Fabrice Fouillet

Constructing places of worship has always been an intricate practice, managing to detach the human, and release the boundary between body, mind, and spirit. Holy presence has been crucial in designing and constructing sacred places, which is why almost all religious building possessed similar characteristics: grandiosity, monolithic material, natural elements, and a plan that compliments an individual’s circulation through the space. Contemporary religious structures, however, found a way to adapt to the evolution of architecture. Unlike the Gothic or Baroque periods, modern-day architecture does not have a dominant identity. It is, in fact, a combination of postmodernism, futurism, minimalism, and everything in between. Architects have found a way to transform these exclusive, religion-devoted places into structures of spirituality, manifestation, and fascination.

Here is a selection of contemporary religious buildings that prove once again that architects are breaking all boundaries of creativity.

© Adam LetchCourtesy of S.M.A.O© Ahmad MirzaeeCourtesy of Kojii Fuji / Nacasa & Partners Inc.+ 24

Family Residence / Tempesta Tramparulo

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Grimisuat, Switzerland
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  269
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Contec AG, Haga, Cdesign, Schneider Holz, Wider

La Fontenette Social Housing / frundgallina

Courtesy of frundgallina© Milo KellerCourtesy of frundgallinaCourtesy of frundgallina+ 9

Community Shelter / frundgallina

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  • Architects: frundgallina
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: horgenglarus

House Refurbishment / frundgallina

© Milo Keller© Milo Keller© Milo Keller© Milo Keller+ 12

Temporary chapel for the Deaconesses of St-Loup - Localarchitecture / Danilo Mondada + LOCALARCHITECTURE

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Pompaples, Switzerland