Hermitage San Colombano: a church carved into a rock

Hameed Adigun Reader Find

By Hameed Adigun in Architecture on Tuesday 29 October 2013

It’s a church carved in a rock. It’s a church carved into a rock! I mean come on… It’s a church carved into a flippin’ rock! How cool is that? I almost didn’t notice it for a minute and when I did, my first thought was ‘what the …’ Fill in those blanks. This wonderful […]

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Sunday Assembly is like going to Church, but not

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 4 October 2013

It’s time to go to church, atheists! Kind of. If you haven’t heard of the Sunday Assembly phenomenon, it’s the newest “religion” to hit cities such as London, NYC and Melbourne, with a worldwide tour planned for countries including Ireland, Scotland and Canada. So what is it? It’s held just like a church service (on […]

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Gijs Van Vaerenbergh has designed the strangest church we’ve seen

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Monday 11 March 2013

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 […]

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Divine photography by Christoph Morlinghaus

Mareike Muller Contributor

By Mareike Muller in New Photography on Sunday 23 December 2012

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.

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The most colourful church we’ve seen?

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Friday 21 December 2012

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.

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Church converted to modern bookstore

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By Katriane Hill in Architecture on Saturday 26 September 2009

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.

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Austria’s Wotruba Church

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By Casper Johansson in Architecture on Monday 5 January 2009

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.

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