Transcendental Architecture
Contemporary Places of Worship

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Transcendental Architecture
Contemporary Places of Worship
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Contemporary Places of Worship_Anna Roos
Coming Home_Jaap Dawson

The Votive Chapel_Mario Filippetto Architetto
Skorba Village Centre_ENOTA
Our Lady of Fatima Chapel_Plano Humano Arquitectos
Waterside Buddist Shrine_Archstudio
Wirmboden Alpine Chapel_Innauer-Matt Architekten
Saint Elie Church_Maroun Lahoud Architecte
Chapel of Equilibrium_Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira
Bahá’í Temple of South America_Hariri Pontarini Architects
Belarusian Memorial Chapel_Spheron Architects
St. Wenceslas Church_Atelier Štepán
Agri Chapel_Yu Momoeda Architecture Office
Suzhou Chapel_Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque_L.E.FT Architects
Don Bosco Church in Maribor_Dans Arhitekti
Bishop Selwyn Chapel_Fearon Hay Architects
Msheireb Mosque_John McAslan + Partners
Paulinum, Leipzig University_Design Erick van Egeraat

초월 공간
초월 공간_안나 로스
나는 어디서 편안한가_얍 도슨

성모마리아 봉헌 예배당_마리오 필리뻬또 아르키떼또
스코르바 마을 회관 겸 예배당_에노타
파티마 성모 마리아 예배당_플라노 우마노 아르끼떽또스
강 가의 불교 사원_아크스튜디오
비르보덴 고지대 성당_인아우하 맛 아키텍튼
성 엘리야 성당_마훈 라우드 악쉬텍츠
내심낙원_알바루 시자 + 까를루스 까스따네이라
바하이교 남미 사원_하리리 폰타리니 아키텍츠
벨라루스 추모 성당_스페론 아키텍츠
성 바츨라프 성당_아뜰리에르 슈티판
아그리 교회_유 모모에다 아키텍쳐 오피스
쑤저우 예배당_네리 앤 후 디자인 연구소
아미르 샤킵 아즐란 모스크_L.E.FT 아키텍츠
돈 보스코 교회_단스 아르히텍티
셀윈 주교 예배당_피론 해이 아키텍츠
므셰렙 모스크_존 맥캐슬랜 + 파트너스
라이프치히 대학교 파울리눔_디자인 에릭 판 에게라트

Transcendental Architecture

What makes a place of worship, a place of worship? How do architects create buildings that foster reverence, contemplation, and union with God? When the function of a building is concerned with subliminal matters of faith and transcendence, how on earth do architects achieve this ethereal task? How can architecture nurture emotional absorption rather than distant observation?
Inherent in the brief for a place of worship is the demand to create a powerful, transcendental experience for the user, a place of refuge and peace. This ephemeral demand requires sensibility and creative genius of the architect. Places of worship are complex and mysterious, you can’t measure atmosphere and you can’t quantify feelings. This makes the task of the architect more demanding, but also more intriguing.
This essay will analyze the elements architects have at their disposal to conjure transcendental places where worshippers can go and spend time communing with God, whether Jesus Christ, Allah, or Buddha. How have the architects modeled space, light, landscape, and materials to create sanctuaries conducive to contemplation and prayer? How is architecture used symbolically, whether a church in Lebanon or an alpine chapel in Austria, a temple in Chile or a Buddhist shrine in China, an Islamic mosque in Qatar, or a scouts’ chapel in Portugal? How do architects raise earthly elements to mystical heights? These complex questions pose an alluring challenge.
written by Anna Roos

Coming Home

Jaap Dawson is an expert of the relationships between architecture and the body, and their impact on the individual and her/his intimate religious beliefs. In his work as an architect and educator, he studied the importance of sacred spaces in architecture through the mechanisms that connect the physical spaces and the practice of worship.
With his texts, Jaap Dawson suggests reading sacred and religious spaces through the lens of the soul, the interiority, and to look for patterns that can only entirely be understood through our own interiority (Dawson 2012). Spaces for worship require the individual to reconnect with her/his biological and psychological nature, whereby architecture as a physical presence is able to sustain the body and the soul (Dawson 2005), that are the physical and the spiritual dimensions of every human being.
In his article for this issue, Jaap Dawson accentuates the importance of religious spaces as intimate dimensions, that “nourish us”, where people can “feel at home”, of which spatial characteristics (for example the thickness of the walls) “fit with who we really are”. Starting from an anecdotal story, Dawson traces the passage from the importance of “feeling at home” to the realisation of being within a sacred space where and when the architecture is able to communicate at the inner level with the people who inhabit it. written by Silvio Carta

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When I was eight, my parents finally let me have a dog. Before I brought him home, I found a large box that the neighbourhood grocery store had discarded. I placed a towel in it and set it on the kitchen floor under a work table. It would be a perfect nest for Rocky, the Boxer puppy!
But Rocky would have none of it. He didn’t feel at all at home in the box I had rigged up for him. Instead, he crept into a box not very much larger than he was, a box that had contained a toy truck sent to me as a birthday gift.
Rocky chose with his body. He chose without thinking. He knew where he felt at home. Even at the age of eight I realized I could learn from Rocky. He didn’t think – at least not the way humans think. He knew. He trusted his body and what it needed, what he needed.
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written by Jaap Dawson