By Douglas R. Hoffman
A compelling learn of what makes a sacred position sacred From historic temp les to trendy church buildings, synagogues, and mosques, architects all through historical past have invested their inventive energies to layout sacred areas. Many cultures dedicated enormous assets to their sacred structure, and sacred areas are one of the such a lot remarkable and everlasting constructions created by way of humanity.Author Douglas R. Hoffman explores sacredness in homes of worship and examines the severe query of what architectural components give a contribution to make sacred house. His underlying premise is that sacred house, whereas ephemeral, may be perceived and understood via a cautious research of its structure. After laying out the definition and architectural attributes of sacred house, Hoffman examines 4 modern American examples: the Cathedral of Our woman of the Angels in l. a., Adath Jeshurun Synagogue in Minnetonka, Minnesota, the Islamic Cultural middle in manhattan urban, and Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas.Illustrated with dozens of colour photos, looking the Sacred in modern non secular structure provides the proposal of the sacred in a cogent, attractive method that may be understood and preferred by means of all, whilst it is going to be valued by way of spiritual and architectural historians and students.
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Right: Figure 6+ Exterior ambulatory and ramped entrance to the cathedral forecourt. Photogtaph by Julius Shulman & David Glomb. 46 Seeking the Sacred main building. It serves as a transitional point in one's journey from the domain of the secular to the sacred. The pathway to the cathedral offers choices: a direct route via stairs to the main plaza or a more circuitous and accessible route through landscaped gardens (figure 6-4). There is no question as to the planners' intent-these are pathways, or pilgrimages, for those seeking renewal as they converge on the place of worship.
It may take many forms, including linear, radial, circular (or spiral), and diffuse. 6. Entry from narthex to nave at Santa Maria de la Paz. Exploring the Markers a/Sacred Space 27 Many Christian faith communities use axial alignment to determine path, such as a center aisle axially aligned to intersect with a communion table or altar and centered on the main entrance doors. Alternatively, mosques are designed for prayer on hands and knees; hence seating is eliminated, and the worship space is barrier-free.
The sense of sacred place becomes palpable; the mystery, awe, and wonder of the numinous feel imminent. The pathway subtly leads one to experience the garden yet axially directs one to the main sanctuary door. Using a less direct approach, the entrance path at St. 4). A simple open wooden latticed and canopied structure grown thick with plantings, this pathway invites one to pause and reflect. Reminiscent of the wisteria-clad pergola entry to Bernard Maybeck's First Church of Christ, Scientist in Berkeley, California, the organic blend of wooden construction and natural plant growth provides an excellent transitional setting for the preparation to Figure H.
Seeking the Sacred in Contemporary Religious Architecture (The Sacred Landmarks Series) by Douglas R. Hoffman