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Church Building Designs

Major Religious Architectural Projects from around the world

post updated 23 Feb 2020

Church Building Design

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Religious Building Designs. e-architect cover completed religious buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across the world. We aim to select projects that are either of top quality or interesting or ideally both.

We have 4 pages of Religious Architecture selections.

Church Buildings : A-C

Church Building Designs : D-R (this page)

Church Architecture : S part 1

Church Architecture Designs : S part 2 + T-Z(this page)

Church Designs

Church Building Designs – latest key additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Martin Luther Kirche, Hainburg, Austria
Martin Luther Church Hainburg - Church Building Designs
photo © Duccio Malagamba
Martin Luther Kirche Hainburg – 16 Aug 2011
The architect donated the design for this church building to his hometown. In less than a year a protestant church was built in the centre of the Lower Austrian town Hainburg. The shape of the building is derived from that of a huge “table”, with its entire roof construction resting on the legs of the “table” – four steel columns. Another key element is the ceiling of the prayer room: its design language has been developed from the shape of the curved roof of a neighboring Romanesque ossuary – the geometry of this century-old building is translated into a form, in line with the times, via today’s digital instruments.

Puckapunyal Memorial Chapel, Australia
Design: BVN Architecture
Puckapunyal Memorial Chapel - Church Building Designs
photo : John Gollings
Puckapunyal Memorial Chapel – 4 May 2011
This new chapel building is a successful reinterpretation of a place of worship, reflecting the tradition of sacred spaces while meeting a challenging brief of accommodating multiple religious faiths in a sympathetic yet contemporary environment. The design philosophy was to extract physical space from within a 3 dimensional black zinc box with internal courtyards representing what has been extracted from the building. The experiences within this chapel building have been carefully considered physically, visually and emotively and underpinned by architectural values of light, space, colour, texture and surprise.

Knarvik church, Lindås, Norway
Knarvik church
image from architect
Knarvik church – 29 Jun 2010
This church building design holds an important position as a cultural provider and a communicator for the Christian message and community, on holidays and during every day. The church will be central for a safe childhood environment and at the same time be a platform for cultural development, arts and music in the community. The church building is placed carefully in the terrain and has dimensions that respect and blend harmoniously into the landscape’s vegetation, topography and that stress the space qualities.

Key Religious Building Projects, alphabetical:

Emmanuel College Chapel, UK
Design: Christopher Wren Architect
Emmanuel College Chapel - Cambridge Church Building Designs
photo © AW
Emmanuel College Chapel

Fountains Abbey, England

Fountains Abbey
photograph © Adrian Welch
Fountains Abbey

Grundtvig Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark
Design: Jensen-Klint, Architect
Grundtvig Church Building Designs
photograph © AW
Grundtvig Church

Hallgrimschurch, Reykjavik, Iceland
Design: Gudjon Samuelsson architect
photo © David Welch

Hatlehol Church, Norway
Design: Cornelius + Vöge
Hatlehol Church Building Designs
image from architect
Hatlehol Church Architecture Competition

Holy Rosary Church, Louisiana, USA
Design: Trahan Architects
Holy Rosary Church Building Designs
picture : Tim Hursley / The Arkansas Office
Holy Rosary Church

Iglesia Villa Maria, Chile
Design: Enrique Browne Arquitectos
Casablanca Chapel
photograph : Guy Wenborne
Casablanca Chapel

Kaleva Church, Tampere, Finland
Reima and Raili Pietilä
Kaleva Church Building Designs
image © Adrian Welch
Architecture Competition: 1959

La Estancia Chapel, Mexico
Bunker Arquitectura

Mexican chapel
photograph : Megs Inniss
Mexican chapel

Leaf Chapel, Yamanashi, Japan
klein dytham architecture
Leaf Chapel
image from architect
Leaf Chapel Japan

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, England
Giles Gilbert Scott, Architect
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
photo © AW
Liverpool Cathedral Building

Liverpool Catholic Cathedral, England
Frederick Gibberd architect
Liverpool Catholic Cathedral
photo © Adrian Welch
Liverpool Catholic Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral, England

Manchester Cathedral
photograph © Adrian Welch
Manchester Churches

Mortensrud Church, Oslo, Norway
Mortensrud Church
image : Jensen & Skodvin Architects
Mortensrud Church

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Church Building Designs – No Images

Other Religious Building Developments – D-M, alphabetical:

Imatra church, Finland
Alvar Aalto Architect

Kallio church, Kallio, Helsinki, Finland
Lars Sonck

Kuopio Church, Finland

Juha Leiviskä

La Tourette Monastery, France
Le Corbusier

MIT Chapel, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Eero Saarinen, Architect

Monastery, Novy Dvur, east of Prague, central Czech Republic
John Pawson with Atelier Soukup

Myyrmäki Church, Finland

Juha Leiviskä

Nogales School Chapel, Colombia
Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

Oshima Time Temple, Oshima, Toyama Prefecture, Japan
Benson + Forsyth

Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, Los Angeles, USA
Rafael Moneo Architects

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Religious Architecture

Religious Buildings

Church Building Design : article for e-architect by Trevor Tucker

The Cathedral Church of Saint Philip, Birmingham, England, UK
Cathedral Church of Saint Philip
photo © webbaviation

St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh

St Cuthbert’s Church Edinburgh

St Andrews Church Glasgow

Buildings / photos for the Churches Architecture Designs page welcome