Sacred Spaces: Contemporary Religious ArchitectureJames Pallister

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A ground-breaking and enlightening exploration of the structures which elevate architecture to spirituality.

Sacred Spaces showcases 30 of the most breath-taking, innovative, iconic and undiscovered examples of contemporary religious architecture, including work by well-known architects alongside emerging designers.

Spanning all major religions and places of worship from intimate, reflective chapels and cemeteries to dramatic cathedrals and memorials, Sacred Spaces documents each project with lavish-in-depth photography and drawings and texts by James Pallister that provide a modern historical context. An inspiring collection and thorough survey, the buildings in Sacred Spaces will appeal to architects and designers as well as the general public intrigued by creative culture, religion and spirituality.


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

James Pallister is a journalist and publisher with interests in, amongst other things, architecture, design, technology and publishing. He worked at the Architects' Journal, where he was variously Publications Editor, Senior Editor and Feature Writer. He has written for titles including Creative Review, Eye, Grafik, Computer Arts and the Independent and has lectured and taught at the Illustrative Festival in Berlin, at the Architectural Association, London South Bank University and at the University of Sheffield. Awards include two British Society of Magazine Editors Awards and the 2013 LSL Architectural Writer of the Year Award.

"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

"Gorgeous... An elegant,a attractive book... A seductive collection of buildings... The pictures are superb."—Icon - Edwin Heathcote

"Pallster’s pertinently and lavishly illustrated new book comes as a revelation... So many unexpected glories... A compilation that provokes fresh thinking."—The Tablet

"Ground breaking and enlightening... Spectacular photography, drawings and accompanying texts."—