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Religious architecture awards go to designs that transform

Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque, L.E.FT Architects. Photo by Ieva Saudargaite

(RNS) — For religious architecture this year, some of the most creative designs took the old and made it new — and sacred.

Sponsored by the journal Faith and Form, the annual International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture this year highlighted the growing trend in sacred architecture to adapt existing facilities, or to transform secular buildings into religious ones.

Several of the 27 winning entries in 2017 fell into the “Adaptive Re-Use/Re-Purpose” category.

With the continuing shrinkage of mainline Protestant congregations, churches are more focused on getting the most out of their existing spaces, in some cases adapting them so they can be used for both spiritual and secular uses, according the the contest sponsors.

The awards also reflect simplicity in design, a part of a growing social value of voluntary simplicity in lifestyle — decluttering consumer-oriented lives.

See the winners in the gallery below.

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  • Some of these designs leave me in a void and cold. Add color from art and stained glass whether traditional or modern would help. Not a real big fan of this collection of buildings in general.

  • Could you edit the slideshow to include location information — city, state, province, even just the country would be helpful.

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