Universal Appeal: new religious projects | News | Architonic

While religious affiliation is plummeting among younger generations living in western countries, the mindfulness movement, closely tied with meditation and the desire to unplug, continues to grow. Architects designing sacred spaces around the world are expressing these contrasts – and it’s all in the details. Pairing expansive volumes with heavy masses, warm wooden interiors with metal facades, and earthly elements with man-made finishes, the globe’s newest sacred spaces evoke transcendence, while still offering room for contemplation. On the outskirts of Chile’s capital Santiago up to 600 visitors can sit on the leather and walnut benches of the Bahálí Temple of South America. Designed by the Canadian practice Hariri Pontarini Architects, the temple, situated at the foot of the Andes, features a light-filled interior of translucent marble. The facade consists of nine, identical petal-like wings made from 1129 individually manufactured glass elements. Between sunrise and sunset, the te… continue


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