The Dornbirn-based practice designed Chapel Salgenreute for a spot next to the Krumbacher moor in Austria's Vorarlberg state. It replaces an old chapel that had occupied the site for 200 years.

The Dornbirn-based practice designed Chapel Salgenreute for a spot next to the Krumbacher moor in Austria's Vorarlberg state. It replaces an old chapel that had occupied the site for 200 years.

A bright white canopy undulates above the glazed walls of this chapel outside Cape Town, framing views right through it to scenic mountains, vineyards and pomegranate orchards.

A bright white canopy undulates above the glazed walls of this chapel outside Cape Town, framing views right through it to scenic mountains, vineyards and pomegranate orchards.

The internal walls, floors and ceiling are all covered in the same light wood, which provides a dramatic roof above the minimal church pews, which are also made from pale timber.

The internal walls, floors and ceiling are all covered in the same light wood, which provides a dramatic roof above the minimal church pews, which are also made from pale timber.

Gimeno + Guitart creates chevron-patterned concrete for church of Santa Maria Assumpta

Gimeno + Guitart creates chevron-patterned concrete for church of Santa Maria Assumpta

The view straight ahead through the white apse leads directly into the nature," said the architects. "Whoever enters the chapel leaves the solid ground and proceeds a reflective journey."

The view straight ahead through the white apse leads directly into the nature," said the architects. "Whoever enters the chapel leaves the solid ground and proceeds a reflective journey."

The steeply pitched roof of this shingled chapel by Bernardo Bader Architects provides a dramatic worship space, which narrows towards a small window facing a grassy hillside in western Austria.

The steeply pitched roof of this shingled chapel by Bernardo Bader Architects provides a dramatic worship space, which narrows towards a small window facing a grassy hillside in western Austria.

Reclaimed bricks are laid in varying patterns to create changing reliefs that break up the monolithic surfaces in this chapel in Suzhou.

Reclaimed bricks are laid in varying patterns to create changing reliefs that break up the monolithic surfaces in this chapel in Suzhou.

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