Religious Places

Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church

The increasing number of pilgrims visiting San Giovanni Rotondo lead to the design of this church. It has a capacity of 6,500 people opposite to its small height of 16 metres. The vast external precinct can hold some 30,000 on a surface of 9,000 square metres. The structure has a […]

Water Temple (Shingonshu Honpukuji), Awaji, Japan, Tadao Ando Architect & Associates

Water Temple (Shingonshu Honpukuji)

The Water Temple in Awaji Island can be reached from long uphill path traversing the original temple compound and cemetery. The temple was originally constructed for the Shingon Buddhist Sect. One is then directed, indirectly, through a simple series of two gesturing white-washed concrete walls of light and shadow that […]

Martin Luther Church, Vienna, Austria, Coop Himmelb(l)au

Martin Luther Church

The protestant church is consisted of four elements that are main for building: a sanctuary, a community hall, a sacristy, and a sculptural bell tower. The shape of the building was derived by Coop Himmelb(l)au from a huge “table”, with its entire roof construction resting on the legs of the […]

Zhongguancun Christian Church, Beijing, China, Gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg and Partners

Zhongguancun Christian Church

The largest Christian church in China has a design characterized by a Chinese type of “triple p”. That means public-private partnership with commercial spaces on the ground floor, and by its striking facade rod system. The building forms a solitaire in the open space between Zhongguancun Cultural Tower and “city […]