Faith & Form’s 2014 Religious Art & Architecture Award Rewards Diversity in Religious Design

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Originally published by The Huffington Post as “These Religious Architecture Award Winners Evoke The Sacred In Unconventional Ways,” this article reveals the winners in the 2014 Religious Art & Architecture Award run by Faith & Form, an organization dedicated to promoting the architecture of worship.

What makes a space sacred?

If the winners of Faith & Form’s 2014 Religious Art & Architecture award are any indication, it may be something different every time. A high ceiling, curved walls, stained glass windows or lush landscaping — no two winners are alike, and yet each offers viewers a fresh way of interacting with the divine.

Take a look at some of Faith & Form’s 2014 award and honor award winners for after the break

West Side Presbyterian Church
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Newman Architects, PC

“What [the jury members] were looking for was great design that was willing to take some risks, and not be just traditional in appearance,” Faith & Form editor in chief Michael J. Crosbie, told HuffPost by email.

Watermark Community Church
Dallas, Texas
OMNIPLAN Architects

The architects, whose works live in cities around the globe, all took on challenging projects, Crosbie said, that attempted to demonstrate the ways religious structures must adapt to declining attendance in mainstream religions. Even with this contemporary challenge, the tradition of religious architecture goes back millennia.

Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

“[Religious structures] are found all over the globe,” Crosbie added, “and are special because they touch something very deep and basic in human beings: a fascination with the spirit, with the unquantifiable. Whether you are a believer or not, great religious buildings have an ability to transport us to another realm.”

St. James Cathedral Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
architectsAlliance

Proyecto Clamor de Paz
Guaimaca, Honduras
Paul Lukez Architecture

Prayer space in the “Floating School”
Shangkhaburi village, Thailand
Kochi University of

St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Sarasota, Florida
JNW Studios Architecture • Interior Design

Our Lady of Mercy Chapel
Salve Regina University – Newport, Rhode Island
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP

Lincoln Square Synagogue
New York, New York
CetraRuddy Architecture

KAPSARC Community Mosque
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
HOK

Temple Judea
Tarzana, California
Herman Coliver Locus Architecture

St. Ignatius Chapel at the Georgetown University
Bluemont, Virginia
Dynerman Architects, PC

St. Gregory’s Church
Agrigento, Italy
Pellitteri & Associati Studio

Church of St. Gregory the Great
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Northeast Collaborative Architects

Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Athens, Georgia
Houser Walker Architecture, LLC

Christ Church Cambridge
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Frank Shirley Architects

First Presbyterian Church of Burbank
Burbank, California
domusstudio architecture

Boa Nova Church
Estoril, Portugal
Roseta Vaz Monteiro Arquitectos

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