Contemporary Church Architecture

  • ID: 3796095
  • Book
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The last decade has witnessed a whole new generation of church design. The initial catalyst for this was the Christian jubilee when high–profile architects such as Richard Meier, Renzo Piano and Alvaro Siza were commissioned to produce important new projects for the new millennium. Church building initiatives, though, have gained momentum driven by a sense that contemporary congregations require modern places of worship. Rather than drawing on traditional or Gothic approaches, these new designs are the culmination of a whole century of modernist design in both their planning and vocabulary. Laura Moffatt describes twenty–eight churches from around the world, which are extraordinary in their richness and diversity of approach. They vary from small devotional chapels to churches with larger congregations and a social as well as religious remit. The book encompasses the spare, purity of places of worship such as John Pawson s Nov y Dvur Monastery in The Czech Republic and Tony Fretton s Faith House in Dorset, as well as churches by the likes of Steven Holl and Greg Lynn that employ cutting–edge design and construction techniques. The book is prefaced by two in–depth essays by Edwin Heathcote, which explore fully the modernist roots of the contemporary church and then explicitly the northern tradition, providing unique and current insights into the latest developments in church architecture.
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Introduction.

Naked Churches.

Expression and Repression.

Santo Ovidio Estate Chapel.

Night Pilgrimage Chapel.

Los Nogales School Chapel.

Carmelite Monastery Chapel and Sacristy.

Oberrealta Chapel.

Chapel of St Mary of the Angels.

Private Chapel.

Church of St Thomas Aquinas.

Church of St John the Baptist.

Jesuit Retreat Chapel.

Church of San Giovanni Rotondo.

Christ Church.

Mortensrud Church.

Paper Church.

Church of the Sacred Heart.

Church of Santa Maria.

Jubilee Church.

Novy Dvur Monastery.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Yancey Chapel.

Chapel of St Ignatius.

Harajyuku Church.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Parish Centre.

Faith House.

Korean Presbyterian Church of New York.

Antioch Baptist Church.

St Stephen′s Church.

The Christ Pavilion.

Select Bibliography.

Index.

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"Contemporary Church Architecture is worth buying for Heathcote s compressed history." (Building Design, Cover date 22nd June)

"This book explores the development of contemporary church design by looking at how the rational and the sacred can be reconciled and inform one another." (Church Building, July/August 2007)

"Heathcote s text is judicious and remarkably comprehensive." (Architects Journal, Thursday 12th July 2007)

"With stunning photographs, some full–page, this work really shows off the architecture of each building." (Methodist Recorder , cover date 30th August 2007)

opulently extravagant, with some of the most beautiful images of contemporary churches I have seen. (Church Times, Friday 15th February 2008)

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