CNN published its latest architecture and design slideshow on their site which is cataloging the years best in architecture for across the globe as it pertains to religious spaces. The “list” is really quite impressive and some of the buildings are in point of fact awe inspiring. CNN has a funny way of burying their stories at some point, so if you don’t see them now, they’re hard to find later:
“Cathedrals and temples were the skyscrapers of their day. Crafted by leading designers and intended to evoke powerful feelings of wonder and awe, religious buildings were the architectural focal points of traditional city planning.”
“The quality of architecture is invariably high in the religion category, which I think is because communities and religious organizations are often commissioning these projects,” opines Paul Finch, World Architecture Festival program director.
“Because of this, the buildings are in a sense, above functionality,” Finch continues. “The brief is usually looking for something that engages with the spirit, has elements of beauty and calm and reflection, and that’s a wonderful thing for architects to respond to. It’s hard to tell if they themselves are or aren’t religious.”
While we fully intend to write about those buildings we truly feel are inspirational and a little back bits on the architects involved, at least for now you can checkout the slideshow at CNN.
By the way, the photo above is of The Floating Moon Temple by Turenscape Architecture in China.