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Gyesan Church in Incheon, South Korea by iArc Architects (designed with Rhino and AutoCAD)

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: iArc Architects

The site of the Gyesan Church, located in close proximity to an expressway interchange, is positioned at the center of the local transportation network. As the site extends along the expressway in a curved line, the positioning of the building was planned in accordance with the configuration of the site. In order to show the symbolism of a church, a tower was erected alongside the church, facing the expressway, and acting as a local landmark. In consideration for future expansion, the levels above ground were developed in a limited manner, while the educational and service facilities and a parking space were situated on the two basement levels. Above ground, a parking lot and an outdoor square are located, providing a place where buildings will be constructed in the future expansion. It is planned that during expansion, educational facilities will be relocated and the space will be changed into a parking space.

Night View (Images Courtesy Youngchae Park)

  • Architect: YooKer – iArc Architects
  • Name of Project: Gyesan Church
  • Location: Incheon, South Korea
  • Project team: Seowon Oh, SeongYumi, Hun Lee, YeongminMok, Jingu Kim
  • Project Area: 16,042 ㎡(Total Floor), 10,360㎡(Site)
  • Project Year: Completed 2005
  • Materials: R.C., Steel, Kalwall, Panel
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Rhino


Residential church XL in Utrecht, The Netherlands by Zecc Architects

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Article source: Zecc Architects



In the Netherlands there are hundreds of empty churches. Since 1970 more than 1000 churches are closed by church communities. More than 1/3 was demolished and half of the Catholic churches were thrown down. The coming years another 1000 churches will lose their original function. Fewer people go to church and the costs for conservation are no longer affordable. Fortunately, demolition is less common nowadays, partly because churches are often on the monuments list. Re-use is the only way to prevent long-lasting vacancy or demolition. The purpose of the Re-use of the St-Jakobuskerk was to revalue the dignified monument with little interventions as possible.

Images Courtesy Frank Hanswijk

  • Architect: Zecc Architects
  • Project name: Residential church XL
  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Program: Converted church into a residence Utrecht
  • Photographer: Frank Hanswijk


Private Cemetery in METN, Lebanon by MKAA

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Article source: MKAA

Client: Catholic Family who sincerely believes in God and in his Church wanted to have their own special necropolis in their home town village, Mount Lebanon.

Project Description: 4.80m x3.60m is the measurement of the cemetery site. 17.28m² will embody the remains of a family who owns a million of square meter.

Private Cemetery


Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Springdale, Arkansas by Marlon Blackwell (designed using AutoCAD)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Article source: Marlon Blackwell Architect

Marlon Blackwell Architect wins World’s Best Civic and Community Building at World Architecture Festival Awards 2011

“the designers on this project really made architecture out of nothing”

Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, USA, designed by Marlon Blackwell Architect, has won the ‘World’s Best Civic and Community Building’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2011.

The presentation of the WAF Awards are taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) this week.

West elevation (Images Courtesy Timothy Hursley)

  • Architect: Marlon Blackwell Architect
  • Name of Project: Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
  • Location: Springdale, Arkansas, United States of America
  • Category: Civic and community
  • WAF Entry: 2011
  • Award: World Architecture Festival 2011 – Category Winner
  • Software used: AutoCAD


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)


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