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41 Modern Church Designs

From Contemporary Sci-Fi Churches to Curving Concrete Cathedrals

— August 8, 2013 — Art & Design
Places of worship are often considered holistic and traditional in structure, but these modern church designs are showcasing that these otherwise simple sanctuaries are starting to revolutionize into more contemporary designs.

With modern day youths growing up increasingly more reluctant to religious tendencies and practices, churches have become places of worship that mostly families and older generations of individuals go to pray. These modern and contemporary church designs however, have been dramatically redesigned to feature stunning minimalist influences and sleek exterior appearances, which are sure to appeal to a much more youthful and hip generation of individuals.

From contemporary church designs that utilize hip Sci-Fi references to stunning cathedrals that illuminate fluorescent colors, these unique churches are creatively infusing modern architectural frameworks to create a place of worship that will attract people of all ages and beliefs.
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Luminous Gothic Installations
Luminous Gothic Installations
'Ode a la Vie' by Moment Factory Illuminated Sagrada Familia
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Refurbished Church Manors
Refurbished Church Manors
God's Loft by LKSVDD Architects Boasts Cheeky Religious References
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Shimmering Sacred Sanctuaries
Shimmering Sacred Sanctuaries
The Iceland Hallgrímskirkja Church Flickers as a Beacon
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Almond-Shaped Wooden Churches
Almond-Shaped Wooden Churches
'Kamppi Chapel of Silence' by KS2 Architects is a Serene Escape
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Sculptural Religious Sanctuaries
Sculptural Religious Sanctuaries
The Martin Luther Church Focuses on Light and Transparency
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Sparse Block Churches
Sparse Block Churches
Saint Francis Chapel by Rafael Hintersteiner Focuses on Peace and Goodness
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Midas-Touch Church-Toppers
Midas-Touch Church-Toppers
The Arch-Group and Sade Sarl Design a Futuristic Russian Church
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Captivating Luminous Cathedrals
Captivating Luminous Cathedrals
The Luminarie De Cagna is Blindingly Beautiful
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Criss-Crossing Churches
Criss-Crossing Churches
The Church of the Resurrection by Nothing Studio
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Transparent Sacred Chapels
Transparent Sacred Chapels
The Gijs Van Vaerenbergh Church is Steel and See-Through
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Rainbow Churches
Rainbow Churches
Salvation Army Citadel Corps Breaks with Construction Tradition
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Cardboard Churches
Cardboard Churches
The 1864 Cathedral in New Zealand Will Be Rebuilt Out of Cardboard
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Industrial Arboreal Churches
Industrial Arboreal Churches
Forest Chapel Works Metal Material into Organic Architectural Forms
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Renovated Holy Houses
Renovated Holy Houses
Zecc Architects Makes Old Church a Home With a Few Altarations
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Colossal Tree-Clinging Churches
Colossal Tree-Clinging Churches
The Minister's Treehouse is the World's Largest Treehouse
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Contemporary Sci-Fi Churches
Contemporary Sci-Fi Churches
The Chapel at Discovery Bay by Danny Cheng is Futuristic
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Designer Churches
Designer Churches
St. Bartholomew's Church by Maxim Velcovsky
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Architecturally Atypical Churches
Architecturally Atypical Churches
These Places of Worship Show Inspired Innovation
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Awe-Inspiring Church Architecture
Awe-Inspiring Church Architecture
Incredible Places of Worship
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Contemporary Concrete Churches
Contemporary Concrete Churches
The Sta Columbina Chapel Offers Modern Simplicity
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Barn-Inspired Chapels
Barn-Inspired Chapels
The Elspeet Church is Constructed From Local Wood Materials
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Religiously Pleated Chapels
Religiously Pleated Chapels
The Miami Chapel by Free Was Inspired by a Catholic Icon's Robes
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White Stripe Churches
White Stripe Churches
The Zhongguancun Christian Church is China's Largest
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Sunken Scandinavian Sanctuaries
Sunken Scandinavian Sanctuaries
Vaaler Kirke Church is a New Take on an Old Architectural Language
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Minimalist Church Designs
Minimalist Church Designs
The 'St. Moritz Church' is Now Sporting a Glorious Minimalist Design
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Modern Minimalist Prayer Palaces
Modern Minimalist Prayer Palaces
Alfonso Architects Tampa Covenant Church
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Remixed Chapel Concepts
Remixed Chapel Concepts
The Notre Dame Haiti Cathedral Modernizes a Classic Design
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Contemporary Church Sanctuaries
Contemporary Church Sanctuaries
The Funeral Chapel by Bayer and Strobel Architekten is Tranquil
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Holistic Hybrid Architecture
Holistic Hybrid Architecture
The Church of Sant Francesc Convent Fuses the Traditional and Modern
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Curvy Contemporary Cathedrals
Curvy Contemporary Cathedrals
The San Josemaria Escriva Church Brings New Shape to Church Design
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Modernized Religious Institutions
Modernized Religious Institutions
The Holy Family Shrine is an Epic Place of Worship
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Modern Faceted Mausoleums
Modern Faceted Mausoleums
The Panteon Nube Looks like a Contemporary Ice Cave
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Rustic Woodland Churches
Rustic Woodland Churches
The Junquillos Chapel is a Picturesque Ecclesiastical Escape
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Modular Churches
Modular Churches
The Parish Complex Concept Features some Divine Design
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Curving Concrete Cathedrals
Curving Concrete Cathedrals
Church of Seed Offers a Place for Worship & Gathering
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Minimalist Churches
Minimalist Churches
Church of the Holy Cross Denmark
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Simple Sloping Sanctuaries
Simple Sloping Sanctuaries
The Skyscape Church is Sleek and Contemporary
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Otherworldly Places of Worship
Otherworldly Places of Worship
Incredible Religious Architecture Inspires Piety
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Angular Arboreal Sanctuaries
Angular Arboreal Sanctuaries
The Ecumenical Chapel by AOA Architects Branches Out to All
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