April 2015

Places of worship can take many forms.

They are spaces that allow for contemplation and meditation; structures designed to elevate the soul, whether it’s by feeling the impact of a higher power or just partaking in some quiet personal reflection.

Here at the Studio we’ve been admiring the modernist churches, chapels and cathedrals of the 20th and 21st centuries; a time when architects stepped away from the traditional extravagance of the Gothic and baroque periods to create purely meditative spaces.

Bold in composition whilst using the components of space, line and sound as paramount design details, these often abstract buildings manifest values that are common over an array of beliefs and are in turn accepted and appreciated by secular society; admired for their structures, shapes and subtle uses of chiaroscuro.

Just in time for this Easter weekend, here at the Studio we’ve chosen a selection of modernist churches, chapels and cathedrals from all over the world; from The Chapel of the Holy Cross sitting in amongst Sedona’s red rock mountains, to Henri Matisse’s Chapel of the Rosary overlooking the commune of Vence in France.

Profound, beautiful buildings and revolutionary fetes of architectural design to be admired by all.

Abbey of Our Lady of Novy Dvur, John Pawson, Touzim, Czech Republic 2004
Cathedral of the Northern Lights, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Alta, Norway 2012
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Chapel Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology 1952
Chapel of the Rosary Henri Matisse, Vence, France 1951
Church on the grounds of the presidential palace, Oscar Niemeyer, Brasilia, Brazil 1955
Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Le Corbusier, Ronchamp, France 1954
Rothko Chapel, Mark Rothko, Houston, Texas 1971
Church of Stykkisholmur, Jon Haraldsson, Stykkisholmur, Iceland 1990
The Chapel of the Holy Cross, Richard Hein, Sedona, Arizona 1956