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75 Unconventional Worship Constructions

From Inflatable Churches to Angular Arboreal Sanctuaries

— September 25, 2012 — Eco
Religion enters the new era of piety with these unconventional worship constructions.

The idea of modernized religious chapels, mosques, churches and synagogues has been prominent in architecture and art alike. It is unexpected that these conventionally conservative institutions retain merit of forward-thinking design. However, a variety of ultramodern constructions have sprung up that point at the new age of worship. From Twisted Worship Centers to Angular Arboreal Sanctuaries, religious institution incorporate modern ideals with theism.

For instance, the curving concrete cathedral named 'Church of Seed' showcases a minimalist utilitarian aesthetic that is unlike that of conventional cathedrals. The concrete construction also boasts a message of free worship combined with forward-thinking design. With these sanctuaries, worship transcends into modern day and makes for truly divine religious experiences.
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Activity
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Church-Like Incinerators
Church-Like Incinerators
Erick Van Egeraat Creates the Most Striking Giant Garbage Burner Ever
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73
Seaworthy Churches
Seaworthy Churches
The Saint Vladimir Chapel Boat Sets Sail to Spread the Gospel
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72
Inflatable Churches
Inflatable Churches
Transparante Kerk is a Pop-Up Church That is the First of its Kind
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71
First Catholic Church Opens in Qatar
First Catholic Church Opens in Qatar
Sign of the Times
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70
Cramped Chapel Captures
Cramped Chapel Captures
The Kevin Bauman 'Small Churches' Collection Shows Simplistic Faith
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69
Religious Regressions
Religious Regressions
Catholic Church Revives Indulgences
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68
Gravity-Defying Trees
Gravity-Defying Trees
Shinji Turner-Yamamoto's 'Hanging Garden' Soars in Cincinnati
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67
Church on Youtube
Church on Youtube
Community Churches Get Digital
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66
Home-Heating Churches
Home-Heating Churches
The Uspenski Cathedral Data Center Will Keep 500 Homes Warm
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65
Curved Wood-Clad Seating
Curved Wood-Clad Seating
Worth Abbey by Thomas Heatherwick Features Carefully Crafted Details
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64
Twisted Worship Center Captures
Twisted Worship Center Captures
The 'Deconstructing the Churches' Series is Kaleidoscopic
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63
Worshipping God Via Mobile Phone
Worshipping God Via Mobile Phone
SpinVox Voice-to-Text Sermons
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62
Melbourne's Holy Pub
Melbourne's Holy Pub
Docklands Church
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61
Inverted Art Installations
Inverted Art Installations
The Upside-Down Dome in Belgium is an Enchanting Display of Symbolism
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60
Colossal Chocolate Churches
Colossal Chocolate Churches
White Chocolate Dome of Milan Breaks World Record
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59
International Light Festival
International Light Festival
Luminale 2008
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58
Church-Resembling Abodes
Church-Resembling Abodes
The Loosdrecht Island House by 2by4-Architects is Sleek and Streamlined
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57
Shimmering Sacred Sanctuaries
Shimmering Sacred Sanctuaries
The Iceland Hallgrímskirkja Church Flickers as a Beacon
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56
Drive-Thru Churches
Drive-Thru Churches
Chandler Christian Church in Arizona Opens 24/7 Prayer Booth
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55
Privately Pious Photography
Privately Pious Photography
The Dirk Wiedlein 'Churches' Portfolio Captures Worldwide Spiituality
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54
Leaf Wedding Chapels
Leaf Wedding Chapels
Wow Places For Vows
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53
Flamenco-Inspired Interiors
Flamenco-Inspired Interiors
This Structure by Cheng Gong & Jinming Feng is Influenced by Dance
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52
Sculptural Religious Sanctuaries
Sculptural Religious Sanctuaries
The Martin Luther Church Focuses on Light and Transparency
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51
Amored Churches
Amored Churches
Religion's Think Tank Goes Literal
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50
Choo Choo Churches
Choo Choo Churches
Communities Put Abandoned Train Cars to Good Use
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49
Visual Worship
Visual Worship
Camron Ware Uses Environmental Projection to Inspire Devotion
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48
Sustainable Churches
Sustainable Churches
The Kuokkala Church in Finland is a Low-Impact House of Worship
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47
Midas-Touch Church-Toppers
Midas-Touch Church-Toppers
The Arch-Group and Sade Sarl Design a Futuristic Russian Church
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46
Captivating Luminous Cathedrals
Captivating Luminous Cathedrals
The Luminarie De Cagna is Blindingly Beautiful
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45
Transparent Sacred Chapels
Transparent Sacred Chapels
The Gijs Van Vaerenbergh Church is Steel and See-Through
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44
Religious Anger Sculptures
Religious Anger Sculptures
The Church Tank By Kris Kuksi
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43
Cardboard Churches
Cardboard Churches
The 1864 Cathedral in New Zealand Will Be Rebuilt Out of Cardboard
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42
Huge Holy Houses
Huge Holy Houses
Old Church Remodeled into the $7.5 Million 601 Dolores Street Home
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41
Contemporary Crucifix Facades
Contemporary Crucifix Facades
The All Saints Chapel Takes the Pure and Symbolic Form of the Cross
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40
Renovated Holy Houses
Renovated Holy Houses
Zecc Architects Makes Old Church a Home With a Few Altarations
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39
Residential Houses of Worship
Residential Houses of Worship
Ruud Visser Architects Turn a Church into a Home Fit for Four
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38
Colossal Tree-Clinging Churches
Colossal Tree-Clinging Churches
The Minister's Treehouse is the World's Largest Treehouse
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37
Designer Churches
Designer Churches
St. Bartholomew's Church by Maxim Velcovsky
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36
Renovating Religion Part III
Renovating Religion Part III
Before and After Church to Home
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35
Hip Gothic Church Hotels
Hip Gothic Church Hotels
Kruisherenhotel
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34
Holy Homes
Holy Homes
Converted Church Gives New Meaning to Living in the House of God
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33
Upside-Down Architecture
Upside-Down Architecture
6 Buildings on Their Heads
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32
Spikey Seed Sanctuaries
Spikey Seed Sanctuaries
The Rosebud Orthodox Church Burgeons Like a Modern Bulb
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31
Architecturally Atypical Churches
Architecturally Atypical Churches
These Places of Worship Show Inspired Innovation
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30
Building Block Cathedrals
Building Block Cathedrals
The Abondantus Gigantus is a Church of LEGO
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29
Awe-Inspiring Church Architecture
Awe-Inspiring Church Architecture
Incredible Places of Worship
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28
Contemporary Concrete Churches
Contemporary Concrete Churches
The Sta Columbina Chapel Offers Modern Simplicity
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27
Barn-Inspired Chapels
Barn-Inspired Chapels
The Elspeet Church is Constructed From Local Wood Materials
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26
Converted Church Bookstores
Converted Church Bookstores
The Boekhandel Seleyz Dominicanen is a Dazzling Literature Display
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25
Weddings in Igloos
Weddings in Igloos
Get Married in an Ice Church
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24
Inflatable Church
Inflatable Church
Make Your Wedding Cheesy
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23
White Stripe Churches
White Stripe Churches
The Zhongguancun Christian Church is China's Largest
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22
Renovating Religion Part II
Renovating Religion Part II
Converted Churches as Hotels
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21
Sunken Scandinavian Sanctuaries
Sunken Scandinavian Sanctuaries
Vaaler Kirke Church is a New Take on an Old Architectural Language
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20
Lego Replicas
Lego Replicas
Abston Church of Christ by Amy Hughes
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19
Upcycled God Homes
Upcycled God Homes
The St. Nicholas Church House is a Remodelled House of the Holy
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18
Modern Minimalist Prayer Palaces
Modern Minimalist Prayer Palaces
Alfonso Architects Tampa Covenant Church
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17
Holistic Hybrid Architecture
Holistic Hybrid Architecture
The Church of Sant Francesc Convent Fuses the Traditional and Modern
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16
Curvy Contemporary Cathedrals
Curvy Contemporary Cathedrals
The San Josemaria Escriva Church Brings New Shape to Church Design
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15
Holy Apartments
Holy Apartments
Zecc Architecten Converts Catholic Church to Living Space
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14
Culinary Church Conversions
Culinary Church Conversions
The White Rabbit Restaurant
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13
Modernized Religious Institutions
Modernized Religious Institutions
The Holy Family Shrine is an Epic Place of Worship
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12
Revamped Religious Interiors
Revamped Religious Interiors
The Bonney Avenue Residence is a Drastic Reno of an 1867 Church
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11
Modern Faceted Mausoleums
Modern Faceted Mausoleums
The Panteon Nube Looks like a Contemporary Ice Cave
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10
Rustic Woodland Churches
Rustic Woodland Churches
The Junquillos Chapel is a Picturesque Ecclesiastical Escape
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9
Stained Glass Xrays
Stained Glass Xrays
Church Windows by Wim Delvoye
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8
Modular Churches
Modular Churches
The Parish Complex Concept Features some Divine Design
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7
Curving Concrete Cathedrals
Curving Concrete Cathedrals
Church of Seed Offers a Place for Worship & Gathering
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6
Minimalist Churches
Minimalist Churches
Church of the Holy Cross Denmark
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5
Simple Sloping Sanctuaries
Simple Sloping Sanctuaries
The Skyscape Church is Sleek and Contemporary
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4
Otherworldly Places of Worship
Otherworldly Places of Worship
Incredible Religious Architecture Inspires Piety
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3
Renovating Religion
Renovating Religion
Converted Churches as Homes
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2
Converted Church Homes
Converted Church Homes
Religious Renovations
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1
Angular Arboreal Sanctuaries
Angular Arboreal Sanctuaries
The Ecumenical Chapel by AOA Architects Branches Out to All
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