Photographs of Post-War Churches and Their Non-Traditional Designs

French photographer Fabrice Fouillet is interested in churches built after World War II. Specifically, he’s fascinated with how many of the buildings created in the 50s, 60s, and 70s deviated from architectural traditions built up over the centuries, and instead took on fresh new looks and radically different styles. Fouillet has traveled across Europe and the world in search of these churches, which were looked down upon when they were built but praised for their looks now. His project is titled Corpus Christi.

In his statement regarding the series, Fouillet writes,

Corpus Christi highlights the architectural aesthetic of the new places of worship and their hymn to minimalism, which has represented a genuine creative inspiration in modern religious architecture.

[…] This work also insists that many unique interiors structures could be made for the same type of institution.

The photographs are all taken from the same perspective. Fouillet positions his camera near the back of the sanctuary, and then captures a wide-angle photograph that includes both the pews below and the roof above. All of the resulting photographs captures the beautiful vastness of the spaces.

For a similar project, check out photographer Richard Silver’s 180-degree vertical panoramas of old school churches in New York City.

Corpus Christi by Fabrice Fouillet (via Co.Design)

Image credits: Photographs by Fabrice Fouillet and used with permission

  • pieefi

    Outstanding photos, but as a student of architecture i must say that the “fresh new looks and radically different styles” are only a reinterpretation of architectural design in the EarlyChristian-romanic-gothic-Renaissance times.. there are no new implant scheme as i see (ambulatory center-aisle or basilica vaults etc…) sorry for my english

  • Lionel Fiel

    The first photo isn’t even in Europe. It’s Saint Mary’s Cathedral in San Francsico

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks for pointing that out. We’ve edited the text to make it clear that it’s not limited to Europe.

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  • fahrertuer

    Some of those churches look like they are meant to be the set of some dystopian movie and not a place of worship

  • Mark N

    Amazing structures, very well executed photos. Such opulence… Never thought it appropriate.

  • Kay O. Sweaver

    Ahhh minimalism – code for lazy and cheap.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    From an outsider’s point of view, there might not be much of a difference.

  • francisbasco

    came right in when i saw st marys as the preview. great pics

  • AC

    Beautiful !

  • Dan Magalhães

    vaginas everywhere

  • Will Thornburg

    Hey, how about including captions so we’ll know which churches these are? Also, your link to the project website is broken (sentence is “His project is titled Corpus Christi.”)