Posts Tagged ‘church’

From Syria to Greece to Corbusier: Hozoviotissa monastery

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Earlier this summer a number of the Syrians fleeing civil war landed on the Greek island of Amorgos. Amorgos is not a common landing point in the exodus—most people are now landing on Kos not far from the Turkish coast. But Amorgos is the easternmost of the Cycladic island group, so I am guessing people coming west from Turkey through the Dodecanese islands reached it first (see map at bottom).

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Taos, New Mexico

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

There are views of two different churches here. San Francisco de Assissi just south of Taos, New Mexico, along with an old settlement there. The church with the white banding around the wall is part of a church in Taos Pueblo itself. The rounded corners on the churches are massive buttresses.

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Peter Zumthor chosen for 2011 Serpentine Pavilion

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Peter Zumthor has been named the architect for the 2010 Serpentine Pavilion in London, having just won the Pritzker Prize in 2009 and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale in 2008. I was reminded of his work recently during a discussion about who’d be chosen to build the new Vancouver Art Gallery (which is becoming a perennial topic around here), and a friend said Zumthor was his favourite architect.

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Kärsämäki church, Finland

Friday, August 27th, 2010

This Finnish church by Anssi Lassila was one of the reasons for starting this blog, and maybe that’s why, paradoxically, it got forgetten – it already seemed to be here. Not being a fan of religion, I’m not sure why I, an absolute non-believer, like the architecture of small churches so much, but I think it may be the fact that they have a sort of communal quality, as if everyone is sheltering together under an enormous overturned ship.

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Converted church in Westport, MA

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Alyn Carlson has been fixing up this old Massachussetts church up for 28 years. That worries me for myself – is that how long it takes? Oh god, I hope not; I’m on Year 7. I love her place, though. I’d copy Alyn and hang the ribs of a boat in my place too, if the whole thing didn’t already look like an upside down boat.

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Chapel in Tarnów, Poland, by Beton Architects

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

This chapel in Tarnów, Poland, is by Marta Rowińska & Lech Rowiński of the firm Beton (photos by Beton) and was completed in 2009. Being a completely non-religious non-churchgoer who really dislikes all the tortured religious iconography and narrative (and could do without the cross), I don’t know why I’m so attracted to all these humble churches (see also here and here) but I think it’s a relief to see a building whose utility is somewhat non-utilitarian and undefinable.

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