7 Concrete Churches Resurrecting Brutalist Architecture

For centuries, churches took the form of ornate temples embellished with sculptures, cornices, tympanums, mosaics, and stained glass — each a measure of the church's devotion to a higher power. During the 20th century, however, churches like Le Corbusier's Ronchamp Chapel and Tadao Ando's Church of the Light proved that decoration was not required to create a hallowed space. Through the use of reinforced concrete, a raw material believed by many architects to have evocative properties, a sense of sanctity could be created without the need for excessive ornamentation. We decided to take a look at how the smooth texture and cool colors of concrete have been adapted to the contemporary structures that make up this solemn typology. Sunset Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, Guerrero, Mexico Like a colossal boulder resting on a mountain, the Sunset Chapel draws inspiration from its rugged topography. Poured concrete gives the chapel its rocky form, while a glass wall featuring a decorative cross frames magnificent views of the ocean and sunsets. Church of Seed by O Studio Architects, Huizhou, China The overall footprint of this fluid concrete church follows ...
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