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Modernist Church Designs: Tradition in Vogue

Churches are some of the relics that show the history of architectural design. From the romanesque style of the medieval era to the gothic which was then succeeded by renaissance architecture, designs have evolved depending on the zeitgeist.

Our contemporary times have brought about more modern designs. And French photographer Thibaud Poirier captures some of these in his collection called Sacred Spaces.

The inspiring variety of church designs swing from style to style: the Brutalist aesthetic of Tokyo’s Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the minimalist approach of Berlin’s Kapelle, or the warm, cozy ambiance lent by the latticed wood details of Notre Dame de Chêne’s impressive walls and ceilings.
Taken from a consistent angle — flanked by pews on both sides and facing the altar — Poirier’s amazing eye for symmetry and detail underline the grandeur these modernist structures possess, impressive enough to rival their much older counterparts.
“And yet despite their great stylistic differences, the glue between these churches remains invisible to the human eye yet vibrates within each of us: the emotional state created whilst one is present,” the photographer says. “The sense of belonging. The conviction of something larger than us all.”

-via Nag on the Lake

(Image credit: Aw1805/Wikimedia Commons)


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