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Mennonite Church in Elspeet, The Netherlands by FARO Architecten (designed using Arkey)

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Article source: FARO Architecten

Design a church according to the traditional Mennonite principles: a sustainable building, with the user in mind and a space for gathering and meeting. The first Mennonite churches were hidden and inconspicuous; simple places of congregation around the bible. The interiors were sober and as pure as possible. No distraction or ornaments in order to enhance concentration and togetherness. The new church on Mennorode refers to that time.

Mennonite Church

  • Architects: FARO Architecten
  • Project: Mennonite Church
  • Location: Elspeet, The Netherlands
  • Software used: Arkey


Biserică Ortodoxă Română in Alcala de Mennares, Spania by Manadelucru

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Article source: Manadelucru

In the context of the last seven years migration of romanian citizens on the EU labour market, mostly in the construction field, a great part of it was absorbed by Spain. The small emigrants communities gradually turned to big ones, while the foreign citizens permeated in the local communities, buying properties and starting credit lines, having babies born in the adoption countries. Thus, all that was not just about a simple migration process, while this nomad feeling was transformed gradually, but fast enough, in the status of the second country, the „adoption” one, in which they got the right for work, citizenship, etc. Besides their search for a better economic situation, the people brought with them the tradition and culture of their origin country. This is the way ortodox churches were established, and they usualy function in rented spaces, not always adequate to this function, or other times functioning in catholic churches. All this was performed under the natural need of a better settlement in the adoption country. In Alcala de Henares, the climax of the romanian community was reached at 40000 people who had legal papers. Their vote started being quite important in establishing the power balance between the left and right side party, at the local elections. The town hall leased a plot to the Orthodox Church, in order for the community to build a church there. The building permits and the project execution supervision were done by architect Jose Louis Gonzales from Alcala de Hennares.


  • Architects: Manadelucru
  • Project: Biserică Ortodoxă Română
  • Location: Alcala de Mennares, Spania


Martin Luther Church in Hainburg, Austria by Coop Himmelb(l)au

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Article source: Coop Himmelb(l)au

In less than a year a protestant church together with a sanctuary, a church hall and supplementary spaces was built in the centre of the Lower Austrian town Hainburg, at the site of a predecessor church that doesn’t exist anymore since the 17th century.

Overall view with bell tower

  • Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
  • Project: Martin Luther Kirche Hainburg
  • Location: Hainburg, Austria
  • Design Principal: Wolf D. Prix
  • Project Architect: Martin Mostböck
  • Design Architect: Sophie-Charlotte Grell
  • Project Team: Steven Baites, Daniel Bolojan, Victoria Coaloa, Volker Kilian, Martin Neumann, Martin Jelinek


First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Rochester, Michigan by Constantine George Pappas AIA designed using AutoCAD

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Article source: Constantine George Pappas AIA

This project consists of a new 375 seat sanctuary addition with associated  lower level community spaces. The total size of the new addition is 14,000 sq.ft.,  7000 sq.ft. each floor. The concept is based on the cross sectional articulation of a box,  and how to manipulate light into the interior of the worship space. The box, or church is divided into a series of tiers and clerestories. The first, representing the support area and  seating of the Church. The second tier represents the Chancel or religious activity area of the Church. The third tier, created above the pipe organ platform, allows northern light to spill onto the pipe organ and Chancel area. Each tier is structurally detailed to strengthen its space below.

Image Courtesy David Rose

  • Architects: Constantine George Pappas AIA
  • Project: First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
  • Location: Rochester, Michigan
  • Owner: First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
  • General Contractor: Frank Rewold and Sons, Inc.
  • Photographer: David Rose, Photographer
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Sendai Baptist Church in Miyagi, Japan by SOYsource Architectural Design Office Inc.

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Article source: SOYsource Architectural Design Office Inc.

Year of 2005, a small pretty building was finishing its role as a church. People loved the building for more than 50 years but they had to decide to tear it down because of its structural and some functional problem, in other words, simply too old. Children of God need new building for the church with its pastorate and kindergarten for next 50 years.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Hiroshi Yokoyama)


SoHo Synagogue in New York by Dror Benshetrit

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Article source: Dror Benshetrit

The SoHo Synagogue is the community’s first ever synagogue and represents a fresh vision that translates the inspiration of Judaism to a new generation. With a forward thinking approach, Rabbi Dovi Scheiner along with his wife Esty, founders of SoHo Synagogue,built a religious platform that invites the community to fully integrate their religion within their modern lifestyle. Mindful of the open mindset of lower Manhattan’s Jewish population, The SoHo  Synagogue seeks to reinvent the synagogue as a comfortable and enjoyable setting for personal growth and communal connection. We were humbled and honored when receiving the invitation and assignment to create a space in which the synagogue can embrace the traditions and its fundamental function within a contemporary, casual design setting. On Sunday June 12, a long and festive procession of supporters and congregants dressed in white walked the neighborhood together to cut the ribbon and open the door to their new synagogue. The synagogue will hold both social gatherings and religious services.

Prayers Room (Image Courtesy John Hall)


Norwich Cathedral Hostry in Norwich, UK by Hopkins Architects

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Article source: Hopkins Architects

A new visitor and education facility sensitively re-establishes the medieval west entrance to the Cathedral’s cloister. Built on the site of the original pilgrims’ guest hall, The Hostry completes the new accommodation at Norwich Cathedral, complementing The Refectory, and ‘re-animating’ the medieval cloister as the heart of the Cathedral precinct. The Hostry has a unique brief in that, in addition to exhibition spaces and an education room, the building also houses the Cathedral’s Song School and choir rehearsal spaces. It also provides a large community room, which can bring together those who live and work in The Cathedral Close, as well as offering conference facilities for external groups.

Norwich Cathedral Hostry

  • Architects: Hopkins Architects
  • Project: Norwich Cathedral Hostry
  • Location: Norwich, UK
  • Value: £12.5m (Hostry, Refectory & Upper Cloister)
  • Size: 1,078m2
  • Client: Norwich Cathedral
  • Awards: RIBA Award


St Mary’s Kinglake Church in Australia by Kavellaris Urban Design

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Article source: Kavellaris Urban Design

During the ‘Black Saturday’ Victorian bush fires KUD broadcasted an invitation to donate services for the reconstruction of the fire effected Anglican and Catholic Churches via ABC radio.  The St Mary’s Kinglake Church responded to our invitation and we are pleased to announce that the church was completed in December 2010.

Exterior View


Memorial Church of Heroes in Vác, Hungary by Mohai and Boczkó Architects designed using ArchiCAD

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Article source: Mohai and  Boczkó Architects

The construction site for the reformed church is located in Vác, in a small hHungarian town near the capital Budapest. The aim was to design a recent and modern churchTemple with low budget in the background. The contour of the building has been determined by the amorphous shape of the building site – the most practical exploitage, the slightly curved streetline on both land-side and the road sight / view.

Images Courtesy Ákos Boczkó

  • Architect: Mohai and  Boczkó Architects
  • Name of Project: Memorial Church of Heroes
  • Location: Vác, Hungary
  • Associate: Zoltán Gábor Szepesi
  • Leading architects: Zsuzsanna Mohai and Ákos Boczkó
  • Photographs: Ákos Boczkó
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


Farewell Chapel in Krasnja, Slovenia by OFIS Arhitekti

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Article source: OFIS Arhitekti

The farewell chapel is located in a village close to Ljubljana. The site is positioned next to an existing graveyard. The chapel cuts into the rising landscape and the building shape follows the natural contours of the land around the graveyard. The program comes together with the three embracing curved walls which divide the space. The external curve divides the chapel plateau from the surrounding hill and also reinstates the main supporting wall. Service spaces, such as storage, wardrobe,  restrooms and kitchenette are all placed along the back wall.

Farewell Chapel (Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric)

  • Architects: OFIS Arhitekti
  • Project: Farewell Chapel
  • Location: Krasnja, Slovenia
  • Type: sacral
  • Client: Community of Krasnja
  • Site Area: 350m2


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