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Divine Inspiration: 15 Spiritual Spaces

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
Divine Inspiration: 15 Spiritual Spaces, Kamppi Chapel of Silence / K2S Architects
Kamppi Chapel of Silence / K2S Architects

In honor of those celebrating Easter Sunday, we’ve compiled a list of the most breathtaking places of worship from our Religious Architecture Pinterest board. From vast, open halls, to intimate places of prayer and contemplation, these works are sure to spark your appreciation for divine architecture. See them in all their glory, after the break...

USAFA Cadet Chapel / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill © Balthazar Korab Church of the Light / Tadao Ando © Naoya Fujii    Holy Redeemer Church / Menis Arquitectos Saint Martin Church / Jean Dorian  © Fabrice Fouillet + 15

Light Matters: Sacred Spaces

09:30 - 28 March, 2014
Light Matters: Sacred Spaces, Chapel in Villeaceron, Spain. Architect: Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office. Image © Hisao Suzuki
Chapel in Villeaceron, Spain. Architect: Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office. Image © Hisao Suzuki

The use of light can lead to very diverse feelings: a ray of sunlight calls attention; glare overpowers; the nocturnal sky fascinates, while a dense dark forest arouses fear. Religions have made use of these experiences to convey the mystic aspects of their respective deities — accordingly, so too do their erected buildings.

After the break, an exploration of the different approaches for using light as a vehicle of symbolic meaning and spiritual experience in religious spaces.

Al-Irsyad Mosque, Indonesia. Architects: PT. Urbane Indonesia. Image © Emilio Photoimagination Cathedral of Brasilia, Brazil. Architect: Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Wikimedia Commons Crystal Cathedral, USA. Architect: Philip Johnson. Image Courtesy of American Seating Church of Light, Japan. Architect: Tadao Ando. Image © Buou + 9

AD Classics: Church of the Light / Tadao Ando Architect & Associates

01:00 - 6 January, 2011
AD Classics: Church of the Light / Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, © Naoya Fujii
© Naoya Fujii

© Naoya Fujii © Antje Verena © Naoya Fujii © Wikipedia + 9