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Sacred Spaces

Contemporary Religious Architecture


A ground-breaking and enlightening exploration of the architecture of spiritual space


James Pallister


Editions:

Price: USD$69.95

Contemporary religious buildings have a profound influence on the architectural mainstream and offer an outlet for a more unrestrained approach to form and space making. Unshackled by functional constraints, the 30 iconic projects in this book, by some of todays best-known architects alongside innovative emerging designers, explore architectonic themes in sacred structures, whilst setting them in a modern historical context.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 240 pp
Illustrations: 450 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714868950

James Pallister is an independent publisher, writer and editor with interests in architecture, design and technology. He has worked at Dezeen.com where he was Head of Content and the Architects' Journal, where he was variously AJ Publications Editor, Senior Editor and Feature Writer. He has written for titles including Vice, Apollo, Creative Review, Eye, Grafik, and The Independent. He has lectured and taught at the Architectural Association, London South Bank University and at the University of Sheffield. He studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Religion and Politics.

Contents and sections:

Introduction

Congregation:

  • Cardboard Cathedral: Shigeru Ban
  • Karsamaki Shingle Church: Office for Peripheral Architecture
  • Wooden Church: Beton
  • De La Piedra Chapel: Nómena Arquitectos + Ximena Alvarez
  • Church of Seed: O Studio Architects
  • Shrine of the Virgin of La Antigua: Otxotorena Arquitectos
Clarity:
  • Meiso No Muri Municipal Funeral Hall: Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
  • Chandgaon Mosque: Kashef Chowdhury | URBANA
  • St Moritz Church: John Pawson
  • White Chapel: Jun Aoki & Associates
  • Buddhist Meditation Centre: METTA VIHARA bureau SLA
  • Church of Water and Light: Itami Jun Architects
Mass:
  • Jewish Community Centre, Synagogue and Museum: Wandel Hoefer Lorch Architekten
  • Beth Sholom Synagogue: Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
  • Rituals Crematorium: +udeb arquitectos
  • Dutch Reformed Church: Claus van Wageningen Architecten
  • Brother Klaus Field Chapel: Peter Zumthor
  • LJG Synagogue: SeARCH
Reflection:
  • Prayer and Meditation Pavilion: studio tamassociati
  • Islamic Cemetery: Bernardo Bader Architekten
  • Gubbio Cemetery: Andrea Dragoni Architetto + Francesco Pes
  • Water-Moon Monastery: Kris Yao | Artech
  • Ingelheim Funeral Chapel: Bayer & Strobel Architekten
  • Crematorium FOR GKD Charity trust: Mancini Enterprises
Revelation:
  • Sunset Chapel: BNKR Arquitectura
  • Pope John Paul II Hall: Randic Turato
  • Chushin-Ji Temple Priest's Quarters: Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates
  • Pilgrim Route Shelters: Luis Aldrete
  • Capilla del Retiro: Undurraga Devés Arquitectos
  • Kuokkala Church: Office for Peripheral Architecture
Architects' Biographies

Index

"Beautifully photographed, and elegantly elucidated by James Pallister, Sacred Spaces is a field report from the cult of Corbusier... Pallister has captured their enduring aspirations – and their fleeting perfection."—Washington Post

"The great strength of this anthology is the detailed coverage of every project... Combine with lucid layouts and high production values to make this a covetable volume..."—Architects Newspaper

"Beautifully photographed, and elegantly elucidated by James Pallister, Sacred Spaces is a field report from the cult of Corbusier... Pallister has captured their enduring aspirations – and their fleeting perfection."—Washington Post

"The great strength of this anthology is the detailed coverage of every project... Combine with lucid layouts and high production values to make this a covetable volume..."—Architects Newspaper

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