I don’t think you have to be overly religious to appreciate the architectural beauty of ‘Places of Worship’. I remember being a child going to church on Easter Sunday and finding it cold, vast and the pews highly uncomfortable. Now, not being a religious person myself and rarely frequenting the church, I can still appreciate what that vastness and hard surfaces mean to acoustics, light and how we interpret these spaces and the activities that occur within them.
Below are a few examples of the grandeur spaces to which people worship in. All are very considered and through their scale and materiality almost in still a sense of something bigger than the individual. They are beautiful, they are contemporary yet they are timeless.
Happy Easter to all!