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Religious Architecture

Italian Cistercian Architecture Through The Lens of Federico Scarchilli

08:00 - 12 April, 2018
Italian Cistercian Architecture Through The Lens of Federico Scarchilli, Abbazia di Fossanova
Abbazia di Fossanova

In his latest photographic collection, Federico Scarchilli captures Cistercian order in the form of Abbazia di Fossanova, Casamari, and Valvisciolo. Simple and utilitarian, Cistercian architecture reflects the transition between the Romanesque and Gothic periods. During this time, many religious authorities felt excessive ornamentation was a distraction to spiritual studies.

Abbazia di Valvisciolo Abbazia di Casamari Abbazia di Valvisciolo Abbazia di Casamari + 14

OMA Reveals Pavilion Design for Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles

14:00 - 30 March, 2018
The scheme will be situated beside a 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary. Image Courtesy of OMA New York / Luxigon
The scheme will be situated beside a 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary. Image Courtesy of OMA New York / Luxigon

OMA New York has released initial details of its design for the Audrey Irmas Pavilion, a new addition to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, California. The OMA scheme, currently seeking planning approval, seeks to “forge new connections within the existing campus and create a new urban presence to engage Los Angeles.”

Having won a competition for the pavilion's design in 2015, the OMA scheme represents the firm’s first commission from a religious institution and their first cultural building in California. Designed in collaboration with Gruen Associates, the Audrey Irmas Pavilion will form the newest addition to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles. The scheme will serve as a multi-purpose gathering space in what Rabbi Steve Leder regards as “the city’s most diverse neighborhood.”

Foster + Partners Reveal "Sanctuary" Chapel for Vatican Pavilion at Venice Biennale

14:00 - 28 March, 2018
Foster + Partners Reveal "Sanctuary" Chapel for Vatican Pavilion at Venice Biennale, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released details of their proposed chapel to form part of the Vatican’s inaugural entry to the Venice Biennale. The Holy See Pavilion will comprise ten chapels designed by ten architects, to be situated on the Venetian Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Among the architects contributing to the circuit of chapels are Foster + PartnersEduardo Souto de Mourao, and Francesco Cellini.

Courtesy of Norman Foster Courtesy of Foster + Partners Chapel Plan. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners Chapel Section. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners + 6

Images Released for Bahá'í House of Worship in Papua New Guinea

16:00 - 21 March, 2018
Images Released for Bahá'í House of Worship in Papua New Guinea, Courtesy of Bahá'í International Community
Courtesy of Bahá'í International Community

The Bahá'í International Community has unveiled a proposal for the national Bahá'í House of Worship of Papua New Guinea. In the capital city of Port Moresby, a celebration was held at the temple’s future site to showcase the scheme, coinciding with the Bahá'í New Year. Inspired by the art of weaving, the architects’ vision was for a temple where the people of Papa New Guinea could unite to worship and find inspiration.

Courtesy of Bahá'í International Community Courtesy of Bahá'í International Community Courtesy of Bahá'í International Community Courtesy of Bahá'í International Community + 8

Adjaye Associates Unveils Design of New Ghana National Cathedral in Accra

12:40 - 6 March, 2018
Adjaye Associates Unveils Design of New Ghana National Cathedral in Accra, Exterior at Dusk. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
Exterior at Dusk. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

On the 61st anniversary of Ghana’s independence, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has unveiled plans for a New National Cathedral of Ghana to be built in the capital city of Accra. Led by British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates, the design is envisioned as a “physical embodiment of unity, harmony and spirituality” where people of all faiths will be welcome to gather and practice their faith.

Processional Axis. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Exterior Perspective. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Podium Entrance to Auditorium. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Main Entrance. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates + 12

Faith & Form's 2017 Religious Architecture Awards Recognizes the Best in Religious Architecture and Art

09:30 - 23 December, 2017
Faith & Form's 2017 Religious Architecture Awards Recognizes the Best in Religious Architecture and Art, © Ieva Saudargaite
© Ieva Saudargaite

How does contemporary religious architecture adapt to the needs of the modern world? Each year, Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) award acknowledges the best in religious art and architecture. This year’s winners included 27 projects spanning in religious denomination, size, and location. Beyonds this, the award recognizes three common trends present in religious architecture today: re-adaptation of existing facilities, community-based sacred spaces, and simplicity in design. Read on to see all 27 winners.

© Bill Timmerman © Travis Price © Michael Robinson Courtesy of Moto Designshop + 29

Construction Halts on Calatrava's St. Nicholas Shrine at the World Trade Center

12:00 - 12 December, 2017
Construction Halts on Calatrava's St. Nicholas Shrine at the World Trade Center, The St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center as seen in May 2017. Image © Flickr user rexblog. Licensed under CC BY 2.0
The St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center as seen in May 2017. Image © Flickr user rexblog. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Construction on the Santiago Calatrava-designed St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center has halted, after the church failed to make a series of payments over a several month period to contractor Skanska.

As revealed by the Pappas Post, last week the construction company distributed a letter to its subcontractors informing them that the building contract had been terminated after The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America defaulted on making payment. In the letter, Skanska directed subcontractors to stop all work and to remove all tools and materials from the site, or risk not being able to recover them.

Snøhetta Unveils Carved Residential Tower and Synagogue for New York City's Upper West Side

13:15 - 27 November, 2017
View southeast. Image © Binyan Studios
View southeast. Image © Binyan Studios

Snøhetta has unveiled the design of a new residential skyscraper to be built in Manhattan’s Upper West Side that will feature a unique, multi-level amenity terrace carved from the tower’s form. Located at 50 West 66th Street just steps from iconic New York City landmarks including Lincoln Center and Central Park, the tower aims to sensitively respond to the historic architecture of its context through its intricate form and refined material palette.

View northeast of shared amenity terrace. Image © Binyan Studios View of 65th street synagogue entrance. Image © Binyan Studios View west. Image © Binyan Studios View of 66th Street residential entrance. Image © Binyan Studios + 8

AOR Present Proposals for a Church Which Doubles as a Pedestrian Bridge, Spanning a Finnish River

04:00 - 15 November, 2017
AOR Present Proposals for a Church Which Doubles as a Pedestrian Bridge, Spanning a Finnish River, © AOR
© AOR

Helsinki-based practice AOR have presented designs for a church in the Finnish town of Ylivieska which also doubles as a bridge spanning the Kalajoki River. The proposal, which was awarded a shared third prize in an open competition, intends to "revive the historical role of the church as a dominant building in the river landscape."

North Elevation. Image © AOR Plan. Image © AOR © AOR © AOR + 10

K2S Architects Wins Competition to Replace Fire-Razed Church in Ylivieska, Finland

14:00 - 13 November, 2017
K2S Architects Wins Competition to Replace Fire-Razed Church in Ylivieska, Finland, Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects
Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects

In March 2016, the central church of Ylivieska, Finland, was destroyed in a fiery blaze, an act of arson that leveled the 18th-century wooden structure into a pile of ash.

Now, the community is set to start fresh with a brand new church designed by K2S Architects, after the Finnish firm was selected as the winners of a competition for the new Ylivieska Church.

3rd Prize (Tie) - "Silta (Bridge)" / AOR Architects. Image © Aarti Ollila Ristola Architects (AOR) 3rd Prize (Tie) - "Kooda 2" / OOPEAA. Image © Anssi Lassila / OOPEAA OFFICE FOR PERIPHERAL ARCHITECTURE Honorable Mention - "Emilia" / Benjamin Aspelin, Stian Vestly Holte, Simon Schumacher. Image © Benjamin Aspelin, Stian Vestly Holte, Simon Schumacher Honorable Mention - "Ristit (Crosses)" / APRT Architects. Image © APRT Architects + 30

How a Novel Saved Notre-Dame and Changed Perceptions of Gothic Architecture

09:30 - 5 September, 2017
How a Novel Saved Notre-Dame and Changed Perceptions of Gothic Architecture, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/kosalabandara/17395160431/'>Flickr user kosalabandara</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user kosalabandara licensed under CC BY 2.0

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "It’s a Book. It’s a Building. It’s a Behavioral Intervention!"

A few years ago, while visiting, or rather exploring, Notre-Dame, the author of this book found, in an obscure corner of one of the towers, this word carved upon the wall:

'ANÁΓKH

These Greek characters, black with age, and cut deep into the stone with the peculiarities of form and arrangement common to Gothic calligraphy that marked them the work of some hand in the Middle Ages, and above all the sad and mournful meaning which they expressed, forcibly impressed the author.

AD Classics: Neviges Mariendom / Gottfried Böhm

08:00 - 1 September, 2017
AD Classics: Neviges Mariendom / Gottfried Böhm, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Standing like a concrete mountain amid a wood, the jagged concrete volume of the Neviges Mariendom [“Cathedral of Saint Mary of Neviges”] towers over its surroundings. Built on a popular pilgrimage site in western Germany, the Mariendom is only the latest iteration of a monastery that has drawn countless visitors and pilgrims from across the world for centuries. Unlike its medieval and Baroque predecessors, however, the unabashedly Modernist Mariendom reflects a significant shift in the outlook of its creators: a new way of thinking for both the people of post-war Germany and the wider Catholic Church.

© Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 22

Tadao Ando Envelops Giant Buddha Statue in Lavender-Planted Hill Temple

14:00 - 8 August, 2017
Tadao Ando Envelops Giant Buddha Statue in Lavender-Planted Hill Temple, Screenshot of video courtesy Hokkaido Fan Magazine
Screenshot of video courtesy Hokkaido Fan Magazine

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando has designed a monumental lavender-covered temple enveloping a giant statue of Buddha at the Makomanai Takino Cemetery in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo.

Screenshot of video courtesy Hokkaido Fan Magazine Screenshot of video courtesy Hokkaido Fan Magazine Screenshot of video courtesy Hokkaido Fan Magazine Screenshot of video courtesy Hokkaido Fan Magazine + 10

“Vertical Landscapes” to Promote Cultural Exchange and Religious Coexistence for New York’s Muslim Community

14:00 - 22 July, 2017
“Vertical Landscapes” to Promote Cultural Exchange and Religious Coexistence for New York’s Muslim Community, Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects
Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects

New York based Büro Koray Duman Architects are collaborating with the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) to design a cultural center prototype, named Cordoba House, in order to facilitate the total integration of American Muslims, without compromising their religious identities. The center will be the first Muslim sponsored multi-faith community center in New York City, aiming to help promote “progressive change, inter-religious coexistence, and cultural exchange”.

Highlighting the necessity of such a project, the design team explain: “There are approximately 800,000 Muslims living in NYC. A majority of the gathering places for Muslims are Mosques that focuses on Religion as Practice, which does not leave enough room for developing Religion as Culture.”

Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects + 11

"Faith Estates" Proposes a New Approach to Religious Pilgrimage by Excavating Holy Sites

09:30 - 27 June, 2017
Machaerus religious development. Image © Akarachai Padlom, Eleftherios Sergios, Nasser Alamadi
Machaerus religious development. Image © Akarachai Padlom, Eleftherios Sergios, Nasser Alamadi

In a time of what seems to be ever-increasing religious and political conflict, Bartlett students Akarachai Padlom, Eleftherios Sergios, and Nasser Alamadi instead chose to focus on collaboration between religions in their thesis project entitled “Faith Estates,” which outlines a new method of mass religious tourism. In an area around the Dead Sea characterized by disputed boundaries and conflicting ownership claims, the group aims to reimagine the relationship between the world’s three monotheistic religions, but also to rethink the relationship between religion, tourism, and the landscape. The design consists of large-scale excavation sites which form tourist resorts along a pilgrimage route with the goal of forming a mutually beneficial relationship.

Dead Sea secular development. Image © Akarachai Padlom, Eleftherios Sergios, Nasser Alamadi The processional route toward Machaerus. Image © Akarachai Padlom, Eleftherios Sergios, Nasser Alamadi Horkania archaeological development. Image © Akarachai Padlom, Eleftherios Sergios, Nasser Alamadi Dead Sea development. Image © Akarachai Padlom, Eleftherios Sergios, Nasser Alamadi + 19

Schiattarella Associati’s Mosque in Saudi Arabia Creates an Illuminated Local Landmark

06:00 - 16 June, 2017
Schiattarella Associati’s Mosque in Saudi Arabia Creates an Illuminated Local Landmark, Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati
Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati

Rome-based firm Schiattarella Associati have unveiled the design of a new community mosque complex in the city of Ha’il in Saudi Arabia, using traditional cultural elements of Najd architecture to create a new landmark in the area. The 22,500 square meter Al Jabri Mosque accommodates 3000 people and focuses on “the principle of a people-oriented city and proposes it back again using a contemporary language respectful and attentive in the use of shapes and materials.”

Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati + 6

Chapel Proposal in Senegal Uses Local Materials to Unite the Community

16:00 - 29 May, 2017
Chapel Proposal in Senegal Uses Local Materials to Unite the Community, Courtesy of Cassidy+Wilson
Courtesy of Cassidy+Wilson

Taking third place in the recently-concluded Kaira Looro competition to design a multi-faith place of worship for the community of Tanaf in Senegal, this design by Sean Cassidy and Joe Wilson proposes a circular chapel with a sunken exterior moat in which locals can privately reflect and pray. Meanwhile, the central sanctum is designed to be constructed by locals with handmade clay bricks, forming a design which, as Cassidy and Wilson explain, "literally comes from the 'God given land'" that the community equally "can take pride in and call their own upon completion."

Courtesy of Cassidy+Wilson Courtesy of Cassidy+Wilson Courtesy of Cassidy+Wilson Section. Image Courtesy of Cassidy+Wilson + 8

TED Talk: The Designer of Chile's Bahá'í Temple Explores Sacred Spaces in a Secular Time

09:30 - 28 April, 2017

In a recent TED Talk, architect Siamak Hariri takes the audience inside his design process for the Bahá'í Temple of South America. Responding to an open call in 2003 to design the last of the faith's continental temples in Santiago, Chile, Hariri recalls a moment as a student at Yale when he learned about the transcendent power of architecture, a moment he tried to recreate in the twelve-year project.

© Asamblea Espiritual Nacional de los Bahá'ís de Chile + Hariri Pontarini Architects © Asamblea Espiritual Nacional de los Bahá'ís de Chile + Hariri Pontarini Architects © Daniela Galdames © Daniela Galdames + 5