Modern Sacred Spaces

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

A quiet hotel room overlooking cerulean waters (and “Do Not Disturb” hung on the door) can be considered a spiritual experience. So can a visit to a modernly-made structure set aside for the sacred.

Travellers seeking the solace of a holy place could contemplate at stop-in at one of these contemporary chapels elevated by out-of-this-world architecture:

Sunset Chapel (Acapulco, Mexico), Design: BNKR Arquitectura

Porciúncula de la Milagrosa Chapel (Bogotá, Colombia), Design: Daniel Bonilla Architects

Valleacerón Chapel (Valleacerón, Spain), Design: Sancho Madridejos Architecture Office


Lumen Centre (London, UK), Design: Theis and Khan Architects, Photo: Steve Cadman


Notre Dame du Haut (Ronchamp, France), Design: Le Corbusier


St. Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel (Turku, Finland) Design: Matti Sanaksenaho


Unity Temple (Chicago, Illinois), Design: Frank Lloyd Wright


Or for those lit-lovers who’d consider a library their temple, how about a bookshop within an old church building…

Selexyz Dominicanen Bookstore (Maastricht, Netherlands), Design: Merkx + Girod

  1. bet24 says:

    Amazing structures. Definitely breathtaking. I love the Porciúncula de la Milagrosa. Its just so unique. Can’t believe its a chapel.