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25 Charming Chapel Designs

From Circular Hidden Sanctuaries to Translucent Steel Churches

— September 18, 2015 — Art & Design
These charming church designs demonstrate that modern architecture has significantly changed the size and shape of our religious institutions. In the past, churches were designed to be imposing structures with stunning architectural details. However, contemporary churches have largely moved away from this singular construction model.

One of the major changes in church architecture is the size of the structures being build. Due to the constraints of modern living, many chapels feature small and minimalist designs that allow them to fit into urban spaces. Some of these charming chapel designs include circular hidden sanctuaries, convenience store churches and mobile wedding chapels.

Aside from changes in size, many modern churches also feature unexpected architectural details. While traditional chapels feature uniform designs, these modern structures boast unorthodox architecture. Some of these unique chapel designs include nature-integrated churches, translucent steel sanctuaries and prismatic wedding chapels.
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Tree-Made Churches
Tree-Made Churches
This Tree Church is Placed in a Three-Acre Secluded Botanical Garden
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Church Rooftop Viewing Platforms
Church Rooftop Viewing Platforms
Amsterdam's Oude Kerk Gets a Viewing Platform for Summer 2015
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Monochrome Church Facades
Monochrome Church Facades
JR's Inside Out Project Now Includes a Mural-Covered Church
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Neoclassical Crimson Chapels
Neoclassical Crimson Chapels
The Stedelijk Museum Schiedam Has Been Outfitted with a New Entrance
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Curvaceously Stripped Churches
Curvaceously Stripped Churches
The Ribbon Chapel by Hiroshi Nakamura is Modern and Minimalist
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Translucent Steel Churches
Translucent Steel Churches
This Belgian Steel Church is a Public Piece of Art Made of Many Layers
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Prismatic Wedding Chapels
Prismatic Wedding Chapels
This Stunning Rainbow Chapel is in the Shanghai Museum of Glass
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Convenience Store Chapels
Convenience Store Chapels
During Pride Week in Sweden, 7-Eleven Turned into a Unique Wedding Venue
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Revitalized Austrian Chapels
Revitalized Austrian Chapels
HPSA Merges Office Space and Cultural Education with a Church
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Evocative Whiteout Chapels
Evocative Whiteout Chapels
The New Bishop Edward King Chapel is Hauntingly Beautiful and Bright
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Swelling Rooftop Churches
Swelling Rooftop Churches
The St. Barnabas Church in Sydney Has an Undulating Top Half
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Towable Wedding Chapels
Towable Wedding Chapels
The Tiny Chapel is a Towable Structure You Can Tie the Knot In
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Angular Superhero Churches
Angular Superhero Churches
This Roadside Church Channels a Batman-Inspired Design
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Hand-Carved Cave Cathedrals
Hand-Carved Cave Cathedrals
Sculptor Ra Paulette Transforms Natural Settings into Works of Art
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Veil-Inspired Chapels
Veil-Inspired Chapels
This Japanese Chapel is a Heavenly Spiritual Space
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Elegantly Restrained Churches
Elegantly Restrained Churches
Elsa Urquijo Architects Builds a White-Washed Church in Spain
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Captivating Contemporary Churches
Captivating Contemporary Churches
The Light of Life Chapel is an Epic Tribute to Modern Design
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Circular Hidden Santuaries
Circular Hidden Santuaries
The Cuernavaca Ecumenical Chapel by BNKR Arquitectura is a True Haven
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Cavernous Hand-Carved Chapels
Cavernous Hand-Carved Chapels
This Quaint Hiroshima Chapel by Nikken Space Design was Handmade
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Mobile Wedding Chapels
Mobile Wedding Chapels
This Portable and Affordable Wedding Venue is Cost and Space-Effective
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Massive Modern Sanctuaries
Massive Modern Sanctuaries
The Neulsam Church Embodies Contemporary Design as a Concrete Monolith
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Nature-Integrated Chapels
Nature-Integrated Chapels
The Mik-a-el Chapel is One with the Environment
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Curved Contemporary Chapels
Curved Contemporary Chapels
St. Henry's Ecumenical Art Chapel is a Modern Worship Space
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Organic Garden Chapels
Organic Garden Chapels
The Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel Features a Butterfly Roof
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Transparent Chapel Architecture
Transparent Chapel Architecture
This Modern Chapel is Designed With Minimalism in Mind
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