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    Faith & Form reveal 2016’s top 28 religious buildings

    Below are the world’s top religious architecture, design and art spaces for 2016, according to US Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA).

    Each year the organisation recognises the work of design professionals creating meaningful religious art and architecture across the globe and in 2016, 28 projects have awarded across 13 categories.

    Reflecting on the entries as a whole, the five-member jury says they were impressed with range of work and the variety of responses to the continuously evolving ideas about how to create sacred environments, for every family of belief in the world.

    They also observed that many of the submissions used natural light in creative ways, making it part of the sacred environment both in architecture and art works.

    “While natural light has long been a way to convey a sense of immanence in religious art and architecture, the jury noted that it also contributes to sustainability and helps to reduce energy costs,” Faith & Form says.

    Jurors were also impressed with how designers used an economy of means with simple, elegant materials to meet the needs of congregations. A reverence for natural materials was seen in many submissions, and in winning projects.

    Faith & Form's 2016 Religious Architecture Awards

    NEW FACILITIES 

    Jumaa Mosque, Doha by John McAslan + Partners
    10_Internal-view-of-prayer-hall-copyright-Hufton-and-Crow.jpg
    Image: McAslan + Partners

    Chapel of St. Ignatius, Chicago by John Ronan Architects 
    Chapel-of-St-Ignatius-by-John-Ronan-Architects.jpgPhotography by Nathan Kirkman

    Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Alojzij Sustar Primary School, Ljubljana by Robert Dolinar
    Chapel-of-the-Good-Shepherd-Alojzij-Sustar-Primary-School.jpgPhotography by Luca Markez

    Totihue Chapel, Totihue by Gonzalo Mardonrs Arquitectos
    Totihue-Chapel-by-Gonzalo-Mardones-Arquitectos.jpgPhotography by Nico Saieh

    Al Warqa'a Mosque, Dubai by Iba Design
    Al-Warqa-a-Mosque.jpgPhotography by Sadao Hotta

    Chinmaya Mission Austin, Austin by Miro Rivera Architects
    Chinmaya-Mission-Austin.jpgPhotography by Paul Finkel 

    The Joyful Church, Pohang by The Beck Group
    The-Joyful-Church.jpgPhotography by Seunghoon Yum

    St. Francis Chapel, Breckenridge by Stocker Hoesterey Architects
    St-Francis-Chapel.jpgPhotography by Nicholas McWhirter

    ADAPTIVE REUSE/REPURPOSE

    Temple Israel of Hollywood, Los Angeles by Koning Eizenberg Architecture
    Temple-Israel-of-Hollywood.jpgPhotography by Eric Staudenmaier

    RESTORATION 

    St Patrick's Cathedral, New York by Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects
    St-Patrick-s-Cathedral.jpgPhotography by Whitney Cox

    Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun Synagogue, New York by FXFOWLE
    Congregation-Kehilath-Jeshurun-Synagogue.jpgPhotography by Chris Cooper

    RENOVATION

    St. Cecilia Church, Boston by Donham & Sweeney Architects
    St-Cecilia-Church.jpgPhotography by Bruce Martin

    LITURGICAL/INTERIOR DESIGN

    Palm Beach Synagogue, Florida by Arthur Chabon Architect
    Palm-Beach-Synagogue.jpgPhotography by Kim Sargent

    Knock Basilica Interior Design, Knock by Wejchert Architects
    Knock-Basilica-Interior-Design.jpgPhotography by Peter Moloney

    Temple Adath Israel, Merion Station by Atkin Olshin Schade Architects
    Temple-Adath-Israel.jpgPhotography by Tom Crane 

    Sacred Heart Cathedral of Kericho, Kericho by John McAslan + Partners 
    Sacred-Heart-Cathedral-of-Kericho.jpgPhotography by Edmund Sumner

    SACRED LANDSCAPE

    8-Shaped Passage, Tokyo by Shoji Oshio + UA Architects
    8-Shaped-Passage.jpgPhotography by Masaru Niimi

    LITURGICAL FURNISHINGS

    Baptismal Font; St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Oceanside by Dekker, Perich and Sabatini
    Baptismal-Font;-St-Thomas-More-Catholic-Church.jpgImage: RMA Photography

    Pipe Organ; St. Dustan's Episcopal Church, Carmel Valley by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders
    Pipe-Organ;-St-Dunstan-s-Episcopal-Church.jpgPhotography by Sherman Chu

    Torah Ark, Bema and Screen; Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, California by Studio Bondy Architecture
    Torah-Ark-Bema-and-Screen;-Gideon-Hausner-Jewish-Day-School.jpgPhotography by Ken Gutmaker

    UNBUILT WORK

    Basilica de N.Senora de la Merced Facade Rehab, Madrid by Eleftherios Piskitzis
    Basilica-de-N-Senora-de-la-Merced-Facade-Rehab.jpgImage: Eleftherrios Piskitzis

    VISUAL ARTS

    "Mary As Prophet"; Virginia Theological Seminary, Virginia by Margaret Adams Parker
    Mary-As-Prophet-;-Virginia-Theological-Seminary.jpgPhotography by B. Cayce Ramey

    "Mysteries of the Rosary"; Our Lady of Loreto, Colorado by Scott Parsons
    Mysteries-of-the-Rosary-;-Our-Lady-of-Loreto.jpgPhotography by Steve Maylone

    STUDENT WORK

    Cathedral of St. Thomas, Cochin by Ranjit John Korah
    Cathedral-of-St-Thomas.jpg

    "City of Spirits", Recife by Rafael Paes 
    City-of-Spirits.jpg

    "Pop-Up Places of Worship", various locations by Lucas Boyd and Chad Greenlee 
    Pop-Up-Places-of-Worship.jpg

    "The Chapel of St. Adalbert", Fisewo by Filip Strezelecki
    The-Chapel-of-St-Adalbert.jpg

    "The Procession of the Souls", Swinford by Travis Architects with the Catholic University of America
    The-Procession-of-the-Souls.jpgPhotography by Travis Price

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