This church by architect Gijs Van Vaerenbergh appears to be completely transparent. When the light hits it at just the right angel, the Belgian church seems to be glowing and completely other-worldly. It is constructed using over 30 tons of steel and 2000 columns, meaning that contrary to it’s appearance, the structure is extremely solid. The [...]
These almost Star-Trek-like buildings are really churches and it’s great to see that there is an alternative to the dusty houses of prayer we all know. Of course, it helps that these photographs were taken by the outstanding Christoph Morlinghaus. His way of taking pictures transforms everything into something monumental.
Atlanta-based artist Alex Brewer, or Hense, recently took some latex paint to a church in Washington DC on a crane, layering every monochromic inch of the exterior with colour, colour and more colour than you can squeeze from a rainbow storm. There’s polka dots, there are random clouds, there are random graffiti-like splotches. Short of churches with stained glass windows, we’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s wonderful stuff.
Deep in the heart of the Dominican Republic lies an unusual bookstore, aptly named Selexyz Dominicanen. It is housed in Maastricht, in the bowels of an ancient church which was constructed in 1294. Since it’s interruption as a church (Napoleon invaded Maastricht in 1794 and forced the loyal parishioners out of the country), this beautiful church has seen use as a parish, warehouse, and most notably (and creatively), a large parking lot for bicycles.
No, this is not a still from a Dr Who episode. It is, instead, the facade of the Wotruba Church, built between 1974 and 1976 and located in the beautiful Austrian suburb of Mauer, the 23rd district of Vienna. Now, if only all religious buildings were so damn adventurous. It would kinda make Christmas mass more enjoyable.