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What could attract our attention in modern church buildings? Architectural expression, layout and significance which combines religion and culture into a single whole.

Luxury in the world of church buildings

Mgr. Jana Höger
13.Apr 2017
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 Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Churches constituted the main pillars of architecture in the past. Efforts exerted to design and build these impressive masterpieces, often with incredible details, lasted for years and sometimes even centuries. Nowadays, the flood of modern architecture means that skyscrapers, office buildings and shopping centres have attracted all the attention for themselves. Is that not a pity?


Luxury churches which are worth seeing

One of the few churches with a minimalist design is located in Belgium and is known as the Doorkijkkerk. This building with a modern design was built by the architect Gijs Van Vaerenbergh in the Borgloon region. It is not clear at first glance what makes the church stand out. It only reveals its beauty if you look at it from a certain angle. The structure of the church all of a sudden becomes transparent and unique. The building is made of 100 layers of sheet metal which are arranged in such a way that each change in perspective allows your fantasy to run wild. A luxurious optical illusion, don’t you think?

Luxusní byt na prodej Praha - 320m
Luxusní byt na prodej Praha - 320m, Praha 5

The Brand New Church, Lagos

Artists at DOS Architects are responsible for this building, blending in the latest architectural designs when building churches. We can find an impressive design with modern architectural features in Lagos, Nigeria where the Brand New Church is located. This building will grab your attention with its unusual shape and dynamism. It is made up of large and small arches which create the unique shape of the curved roof. It also has a large frontal glazed wall which lets daylight deep into the church.

A church full of luxury, Knarvik

This modern church is located on the picturesque west coast of Norway, north of Bergen. It is built in a wonderful location with a view over the countryside and the local town centre. It is set in an unusual manner into a rocky slope. The shape of the church signalises its function with a sacral dignity, where the church spire, sanctuary and chapel are emphasised by ascending roof planes. Its characteristic, innovative nature is also inspired by the local tradition of Norwegian stave churches. The main building material here is wood. The building utilises clear and elemental geometry, materials and constructions. The interior is characterised by a design in harmony with nature.

A modern gem in Tenerife

Allow yourself to be carried away by a timeless concept which blends in with the urban landscape. Characteristic for this church is a large chunk of concrete broken into four different parts which are irregularly separated. Light seeps into the interior through precisely these cracks. The gaps between the stones can transform into “terraces” with daylight and ventilation. The build has a very stern expression which is not impaired by any superfluous elements which could distract you from the spiritual essence and evoke many emotions. The architect Fernando Menis managed to combine a highly formal, material and spatial quality in a valuable work of art.

“Environmentally-friendly” church in Rome

The Jubilee Church on the eastern outskirts of Rome is one of the modern, yet also one of the most unusual churches of all. It characterised by its boat shape dominated by three white sails. The church was built using special concrete with Carrara marble and particles of titanium oxide added. The effects of light on this are supposed to prevent any pollutants settling on the building, thus ensuring that the walls remain white and at the same time decreasing the concentration of pollutants in the air.

We can look on the modern architecture of churches as luxury works of art.


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